Training success for U.S. Air Force special operations and combat support specialties : an analysis of recruiting, screening, and development processes / Maria C. Lytell, Sean Robson, David Schulker, Tracy C. McCausland, Miriam Matthews, Louis T. Mariano, Albert A. Robbert.

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Training success for United States Air Force special operations and combat support specialties
Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Corporation, [2018] , ©2018
xviii, 116 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
United States. Air Force -- Personnel management -- Evaluation.
United States. Air Force -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc. -- Evaluation.
Special forces (Military science) -- Training -- United States -- Evaluation.
Special forces (Military science) -- United States -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc. -- Evaluation.
"The U.S. Air Force's special operations and combat support specialties in the enlisted force are among the highest in demand by the service yet have persistently high rates of attrition in their initial skills training, which is called "technical training" in the Air Force. These high-demand, high-attrition (HDHA) specialties include Combat Control; Explosive Ordnance Disposal; Pararescue; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape; Special Operations Weather Team; and Tactical Air Control Party. The Air Force has conducted or sponsored several efforts to address training attrition in these specialties over the past several years, yet training attrition remains high. The reasons for high training attrition are interrelated, with size and quality of the recruiting pool, utility of screening tools, and training environment factors all playing a role. This report addresses the broader challenges for implementing new approaches to HDHA specialty recruiting, screening, and development of Air Force candidates, and takes a holistic approach to identifying methods and tools to fill gaps in current processes."-- Publisher description.
Efforts to improve HDHA-specialty training outcomes
Recruit characteristics associated with HDHA-specialty training success
Illustrative example of an intervention to reduce attrition
Identifying gaps in HDHA-specialty recruiting
Identifying gaps in HDHA-specialty screening
Conclusions and implications.
"Prepared for the United States Air Force."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 104-116).
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Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.
Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.
Lytell, Maria C., 1979- author.
Robson, Sean, author.
Schulker, David, author.
Krueger, Tracy C., author.
Matthews, Miriam (Behavioral scientist), author.
Mariano, Louis T., author.
Robbert, Albert A., 1944- author.
Project Air Force (U.S.)
Rand Corporation, publisher.
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