Perceptions of Graduates and Their Supervisors Related to the Air and Space Basic Course
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH
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The Air and Space Basic Course ASBC was established as a basic-level Professional Military Education PME school for newly commissioned Air Force officers and selected civilians. Its purpose was to prepare graduates for their post-graduate roles as airmen leaders. This study was undertaken to ascertain the differences in perceptions of new ASBC graduates and their immediate supervisors related to the graduates preparation for their roles as airmen leaders after completion of the Air and Space Basic Course. Therefore, this study a provided information related to the demographic characteristics of participants, b revealed the extent to which each content area of the ASBC program was perceived by graduates to be relevant to their roles as airmen leaders at their first duty assignment after graduation, c illustrated the extent to which each content area of the ASBC program was perceived by the ASBC graduates immediate supervisors to be relevant to the graduates roles as airmen leaders at their first duty assignment after graduation, d revealed the extent to which there were differences in perceptions of graduates and their supervisors regarding the relevance of the Air and Space Basic Course curriculum content to the role of airmen leaders, e established the extent to which a difference in perceptions existed between graduates who were rated and non-rated regarding the relevance of the ASBC curriculum content to the role of airmen leaders, and f acquired specific suggestions from the graduates and their supervisors regarding content changes in the Air and Space Basic Course. Three hundred and ninety subjects participated in the study. Two hundred and twenty- one of these subjects were from the graduating body of Class 02D i.e. the fourth graduating class of 2002 of the Air and Space Basic Course. One hundred and sixty-nine of these subjects were the immediate supervisors of the graduates from ASBC Class 02D.