Accession Number:

ADA088777

Title:

A Historical Perspective of the United States Air Force Enlisted Personnel Promotion Policy (1947-1980)

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

139.0

Abstract:

The Air Force enlisted personnel promotion program which was adopted from the Army in 1947 was managed at the Base level. Commanders were authorized to promote to the extend of local vacancies. This thesis traces the development of airman promotion policy as it developed from decentralization to a highly centralized system under WAPS and TOPCAP. The development of time-in-grade and time-in-service requirements is documented. Quota control, promotion management, additional grades, title changes, and grade ceiling control are all traced. The trend toward centralization is the major theme of this study. The special promotion policy for the Air Force Band is explained as well as an analysis of promotion policies for Physician Assistants while they were in the enlisted ranks. WAPS and TOPCAP are explained. Emphasis is placed on the reasons for changes and the flexibility and responsiveness of the enlisted personnel system. The purpose of this study is to provide a documented history of airmen promotions which will be useful in developing and evaluating future policies.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE