ERIC Number: ED126345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
Comparison of Enlisted Air Force Accessions: 1972-1974.
Vitola, Bart M.; And Others
The study was conducted to determine if the Air Force has been able to sustain the quality of its force during 1973-74 as compared to 1972, the last year of the Selective Service Draft Lottery System. Data were collected on male and female non-prior service basic trainees who enlisted in the Air Force in 1972 (4,688 females and 81,563 males), 1973 (7,691 females and 71,762 males), and 1974 (8,952 females and 64,405 males). Data were collected on the following: year of birth; aptitude scores (Airman Qualifying Examination, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, and Armed Forces Qualification Test); years of education completed; geographic area of enlistment; and racial subgroup membership. An analysis of the data is presented with supporting tables. Discussion of the findings cover: (1) the Air Force is an equal opportunity employer, (2) the Air Force is enlisting young individuals who are less talented than older enlistees, (3) a moderate gain in the distribution of educational level existed during 1973-74, (4) the removal of draft pressure has not adversely affected the quality of enlistees, and (5) a deviation from the 1972 geographic pattern of aptitude levels appeared. A list of references is included. (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.