ERIC Number: ED052461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
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Changes in Career Intent during Initial Tour of Active Duty.
The study was designed to determine the predictability of an Air Force officer's career decision and to evaluate relationships between career decision and various demographic, environmental, and attitudinal factors. Information on this group was compiled for the period before commissioning and through five years of active duty. The report presents a description of the results obtained during the second through fifth years of active duty for this group. Based on responses to the career-intent statement, the most favorable source for retention is OCS, followed closely by OTS-AECP, both sources having had prior military service. Among the various sources, there has been a gradual trend toward lower career intent through the third year of active duty. At that point, career attitudes appear to begin stabilizing and continue to stabilize through the fifth year of active duty. Factors which influenced decisions to leave the Air Force included dissatisfaction with job, separation from family, friends, and hometown, and limitations in opportunity for promotion or for increased responsibility. Job characteristics considered important centered around job satisfaction. Generally, it seemed that the more factors the subject perceived as possible of attainment in the Air Force, the more likely he was to be career-oriented. (Author)
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Va. 22151 (AD-722 408 MF $.95, HC $3.00)
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Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lackland AFB, TX.