ERIC Number: ED233180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational and Personnel Correlates of First-Term Enlisted Tenure in the Air Force. Final Report.
Finstuen, Kenn; Alley, William E.
The interactive effects of Air Force occupational specialty and personnel characteristics on predictions of tenure for first-term enlisted airmen were studied. Historical data files were compiled on 280,039 Air Force enlistees. Two classes of variables were extracted for the sample: personnel characteristics including age, sex, race, educational background, aptitude scores, and occupational assignments identifying the enlistee's Air Force specialty code (AFSC). Two tenure criteria were developed to reflect the number of months served (up to 36) and a dichotomous variable coded 1 if the airman was still in the service after 36 months; a zero was used otherwise. Four multiple linear regression models were developed to examine the occupational and personnel correlates associated with airmen tenure. Results indicated that attrition rates differed markedly among AFSCs. These differences were attributed both to background and educational characteristics and to the unique aspects of individual AFSCs. The nature of the differences were interactive rather than additive. A general statistical model, designed to predict for all specialties combined, was found to be much less accurate than were specialty-specific equations. (Ten pages of attrition data are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX. Manpower and Personnel Div.