ERIC Number: ED126344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: N/A
Effect of Air Force Recruiting Incentives on Volunteer Enlistment.
Alley, William E.
The study was conducted to examine the manner in which various aspects of the Air Force are viewed by incoming recruits and to determine how these perceptions were related to volunteer enlistment decisions. Survey questionnaires were administered to basic trainees in FY 1971 (8,007) and FY 1972 (9,331). Respondents were asked to indicate their prior State of residence and whether they would enlist in the absence of the draft. They were also asked to rate a list of 15 job attributes related to the nature of work, work environment, and compensation according to their perceived importance and obtainability. By tabulating and cross- tabulating ratings on both dimensions, it was possible to characterize the career needs of the respondents and their perceptions of the Air Force as a means of fulfilling them. Regional variations in perceptions of the service were also analyzed. The results reveal differences in the way various reward outcomes were viewed by incoming recruits in terms of perceived importance and obtainability. In general, ratings of obtainability on a given attribute were much higher for volunteer enlistees than for the non-volunteers. The analysis is supplemented with tables. A list of references is included and a tabulation of regional variations is appended. (Author/EC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX.
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lackland AFB, TX. Personnel Research Div.