ERIC Number: ED239095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Performance of Retrained Airmen in Air Force Technical Schools (Revised). Interim Report for Period January 1981-August 1982.
Skinner, Mary J.; Alley, William E.
Research was conducted to determine the effect of changing occupational specialties on the performance of Air Force retrained enlistees attending basic technical schools. The academic performance and attrition rates of approximately 20,000 retrainees and 230,000 nonprior-service enlistees (nonretrainees) attending 272 schools were compared. Multiple linear regression analyses of data from historical personnel records examined the relationship among school performance criteria, retraining status, and aptitude as well as the amount of military service, career status, and background experience acquired prior to retraining. Results indicated the performance of retrainees was comparable or superior to nonretrainees with equivalent aptitudes. Among retrainees, performance generally increased as more time was spent in military service before changing specialties. Retrainees who were career airmen with more than three years of service tended to do better than noncareer airmen in training. Experience in a specialty with the same aptitude index (mechanical, administrative, general, or electronics) as the retraining specialty typically facilitated performance. A characteristic increasing relationship between aptitude and success in technical training was found. (Technical specifications and data tables 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.