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An analysis of retention issues of scientists, engineers, and program managers in the US Air Force

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dc.contributor.advisor George Roth. en_US
dc.contributor.author Beck, Derek William, 1977- en_US
dc.contributor.other System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-08T16:44:18Z
dc.date.available 2006-11-08T16:44:18Z
dc.date.copyright 2005 en_US
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/34821
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design & Management Program, 2005. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 212). en_US
dc.description.abstract The United States Air Force is having a difficult time retaining their technical officers, who are critical to the success of their research, development, and acquisitions of major military and defense systems. A statistical analysis is conducted on survey data collected, and the analysis seeks to explain the reasons why officers, mostly junior in rank, leave the Air Force after only a short time on active duty. This retention problem leads to fewer higher-ranking officers, since the military only hires from the bottom up. Results of the research show that about 47% of junior officers have intent to leave the Air Force after their initial commitment, which is 4 to 5 years. With nearly half of the Air Force's incoming officer leaving after their initial commitment, the problem is very serious. Job satisfaction and the closely related Air Force assignment system are shown to be the primary problems for junior officer retention. The thesis concludes with recommendations to Air Force leadership on where to focus their retention efforts. Special emphasis is given on how the Air Force may address tangible components of job satisfaction. Policy change recommendations that affect satisfaction levels with the assignment system are also given. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Derek William Beck. en_US
dc.format.extent 212 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.title An analysis of retention issues of scientists, engineers, and program managers in the US Air Force en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 60503228 en_US


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