Deputy Commander for Maintenance Experience and Effectiveness: Is there a Relationship?
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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This thesis investigated limited breadth of experience stovepiping and limited depth of experience as they relate to the aircraft maintenance Deputy Commander for Maintenance DCM. The investigation first looked for evidence of these conditions in the DCM career field. The research then attempted to determine what relationships existed between these factors and the DCMs effectiveness. The aircraft mission capable MC rate was used as a measure of effectiveness for the purposes of this research. The first portion of the research was accomplished by comparing sample descriptive statistics to the suggested and required experience factors from Air Force Regulations 36-1 and 36-23. The results show evidence of limited breadth and depth of experience within the DCM career field. The second part of the research utilized contingency table analysis and the Chi-square statistic to test for relationships between experience and effectiveness. Results from this portion of the research were inconclusive because the large F probabilities that were obtained. Recommendations which followed from this research centered on the problems encountered in this effort. The author feels that these problems, which precluded conclusive results, were the result of a small sample and an incomplete measure of effectiveness. Thus, future researchers in this area should utilize a more complete measure of DCM effectiveness and try to obtain a larger sample.
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