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Master of Science

First Advisor

James R. Van Scotter, PhD


It is clear that the officer corps will play a key role in improving the Air Force's efficiency, preserving its traditions, and ensuring it maintains the highest level of combat capability. Yet, surprisingly, there is little agreement about exactly which types of officer performance contribute the most to meeting the Air Force's objectives. Performance requirements for officers have not been defined in terms specific enough to guide training course development and performance evaluations. This study identified the types of performance behaviors Air Force supervisors view as most important for effective officership. It also tested a model of individual officer effectiveness which proposed that four distinct types of performance - leadership, task performance, interpersonal facilitation, and job dedication - each contribute independently and significantly to overall performance. Policy capturing analysis supported the model. The analysis also showed rated officers, engineers-analysts, and support officers agree about the relative importance of leadership, task performance, interpersonal facilitation, and job dedication regardless of their AF job category. Results also showed that commissioning source, race, and sex of the rater do not influence the rating policies, but the grade of the officer does. Implications for Air Force commissioning-source training programs are discussed.

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The author's Vita page is omitted.

Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.