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Master of Science in Logistics


Department of Operational Sciences

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Sharon G. Heilmann, PhD.


This study examined factors which influence the female pilot’s decision to stay or leave the Air Force. The concepts of turnover and Work-Home Conflict (WHC) were explored as a theoretical foundation. WHC describes the resultant clash as the work and home/family roles individuals attempt to balance compete for resources. This research used data from a Delphi study of 20 female active-duty U.S. Air Force pilots to provide insight into the turnover decision process of female pilots. This study concluded that WHC and family satisfaction variables should be included in future studies of a larger sample population. Additionally, the research provided information on potential barriers to female pilot retention, such as difficulty balancing career with family life, an ineffective join spouse program and physical separation from family, and suggested new courses of action to remedy the problem.

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