U.S. Air Force Considerations in Implementing a Specialized Pilot Program.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study attempts to determine the considerations the Air Force would face in implementing a specialized pilot program. En route to this objective, one chapter of this thesis is devoted to each of five major factors. They are the importance of experience Chapter II, warrant aviators as specialists Chapter III , the USAF position regarding pilot specialization Chapter IV, analysis of educational criteria Chapter V, and USAF selection program Chapter VI. A final chapter, Chapter VII, deals with summary, conclusions, and recommendations. This research represents my interest in a House Appropriation Committee directive that mandated the Air Force allow 5 of the pilot force to specialize in aviation duties as warrant officers. It was concluded that a specialized pilot, as defined as a career aviator, was a viable and attractive option. Further examination revealed, however, that a USAF specialist system should be composed of college educated, officer pilots and not warrant officers. author
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