Air Force Recruitment: A Geographic Perspective
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Beginning in 1973 the Armed Forces implemented an All Volunteer Force recruitment policy. Since then, the Armed Forces have relied heavily upon propensity studies in order to make recruitment policy decisions. By aligning with the adage the best predictor of the future is the past, this study used past recruits home addresses in order to develop models designed to predict areas of recruitment instead of relying upon propensity studies. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to create and evaluate both non-spatial and spatial auto correlated models to determine the best method for predicting recruitment. Ultimately, the research conclusively found that different areas of the country are inclined to recruitment suggesting the use of statistical measures based on Home of Record information instead of propensity studies is a better method for predicting recruitment.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations