Accession Number:

ADA539101

Title:

Minorities and Women in Naval Aviation Training: A Look Back at a 1997 Study

Descriptive Note:

Technical note Jan-Dec 1997

Corporate Author:

NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH STUDIES AND TECHNOLOGY MILLINGTON TN

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-02-28

Pagination or Media Count:

83.0

Abstract:

In 1997, Navy leadership expressed an interest in understanding what barriers were faced by minority and women aviators and what organizational factors might lead to success in aviation training. A historical review was done of past and recent research, and interviews and focus groups were conducted of students, trainers, and leadership in the aviation training community. Several key findings are discussed regarding that 1997 effort, including that prior exposure to aviation helps in the training process, that grading is perceived as too subjective, and that discrimination and tokenism are concerns in aviation. Recommendations include providing flight experience early and creating written materials that are deemed useful to survive aviation training, increasing the number of minorities and black in flight instructor positions ensuring that flight instructor is not seen as a career ending position, and making grading systems more subjective.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Sociology and Law
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE