Comparative Costs of Air Force Military and Civilians in Selected Science and Engineering Specialties
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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In the face of accession and retention shortfalls, the Air Force recently initiated a critical skills retention bonus CSRB for officers in the science and engineering SE workforce. The bonus will be awarded to members with 4-13 years of commissioned service, at the rate of 10K per year for those who agree to four-year obligations. The Air Force Materiel Command also has suggested legislation that would offer commissioned officers a proficiency pay incentive for holders of graduate degrees in SE disciplines who work in SE positions. Monthly proficiency pay incentives would range from 100-5300, depending on experience. The targets of these awards are five career fields designated core groups by the Air Force Developmental Engineering 62F ScientificResearch 61S Acquisition Program Manager63A Communications-Information Systems 33S Civil Engineer 32F. There are alternatives to using bonuses and proficiency pay to fill all the available military SE billets. Among them the Air Force could use DoD civilian employees or private sector civilians to perform some portion of the work requiring SE skills. The objective of our work was to assess the use of Air Force military and civilian science and engineering personnel in RDTF positions by comparing the costs of using Air Force officers receiving bonuses with the alternative of using civil servants. A secondary objective was to define alternatives for later consideration.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Civil Engineering
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