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Accession Number ADA575293
Title Commissioning Source and Personality Differences in U.S. Air Force Pilot Training.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 18p
Personal Author E. Barto P. Retzlaff R. E. King
Abstract The general personality of pilots, the variability of personality within pilots, and the personality traits associated with success in pilot training are well known. However, no research has looked at the 'upstream' pipeline personality. The current research examines personality differences as a function of commissioning source in male U.S. Air Force (USAF) pilots using two different personality tests, the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised and the Armstrong Laboratory Aviation Personality Survey. While future pilots receive their commissions through various commissioning programs, all USAF student pilots (pilot candidates) train together irrespective of their commissioning source. On the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised, those student pilots being commissioned based on graduation from the USAF Academy were the most open to new experience, agreeable, and the least extraverted and the least conscientious. Reserve Officers. Training Corps student pilots were more extraverted than the other two groups. Finally, Officer Training School (OTS) student pilots were the least neurotic and the most conscientious. Personality differences were also found across all commissioning sources on the Armstrong Laboratory Aviation Personality Survey. USAF Academy pilots were the most negativistic, affectively labile, anxious, depressed, dogmatic, and impulsive. They were also significantly lower than the other two groups on confidence, socialness, orderliness, team oriented, and organization. Reserve Officers. Training Corps student pilots were generally between the other two groups on most variables. Officer Training School student pilots were seen as orderly and organized with the lowest negativity, affective lability, anxiety, depression, and dogmatism of the three groups. There are striking differences in personality across the three major USAF student pilot accession sources.
Keywords Air force personnel
Air force training
Flight training
Officer personnel
Personality tests
Personnel selection

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51B - Aeronautics
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
88D - Personnel
92A - Job Training & Career Development
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final technical rept. Sep 2011-Sep 2012.
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number N/A

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