Pilot Retention: A Question of Leadership Effectiveness and Squadron Size?
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The impending crisis in U.S. Air Force pilot retention forms the background for this investigation into the relationship between leadership effectiveness, squadron size, and pilot retention rates. The current retention situation was reviewed first. Flying squadron commanders in the Military Airlift Command, Strategic Air Command, and Tactical Air Command were surveyed to gather data on squadron demographics, time demands on squadron commanders, reasons for separation, and the commanders perceptions and attitudes toward retention, leadership, and squadron size. An analysis yielded no statistically significant relationship between squadron size and retention, but four other areas were identified that appear to have demonstrable effects upon retention. Recommendations are made to increase squadron commander leadership effectiveness and improve pilot retention.
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