June 1998
Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Air University Library
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Newberry, John D. The Effects on Pilot Retention as a Result of the USAF's Banked Pilot Program of 1991 to 1993. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, 1999.
Available online at:
Print copy also available at AUL, in Documents Vault. Doc. call number: M-U 43122 N5341e


ISmith, Marvin M. Alternative Compensation Plans for Improving Retention of Air Force Pilots. Washington, DC, Congressional Budget Office, [1989]. 38 p.
Book call no.: 355.64 S655a


Ausink, John Arthur. The Effect of Changes in Compensation on a Pilot's Decision to Leave the Air Force. Harvard University, 1991. 177 p. (Ph.D thesis)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43567-697

Babione, Mark William. U. S. Air Force Banked Pilots: Is the Interest Worth the Deposits? University of Colorado, 1993. 44 p. (Thesis)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43567-706

Barr, Richard G. The Active Duty Service Obligation of Marine Aviators. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College. 37 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 B2681a

Barrows, Stephen. Air Force Pilot Retention: An Economic Analysis. Pennsylvania State University, 1993. [64] p. (Master's thesis)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43567-664

Coolidge, Charles H. Jr. Just the Facts. [1997?]. [36] p.
Briefing notes. Includes statistics on: airline retirements vs. AF separations; FY 98 projections for- AF pilot separations, total military separations, total pilot pool, major airline hires, projected hires with a military background, projected hires with an Air Force background. Also includes: Who do the Major Airlines Interview?, Recent Hire Specifics (8/96 - 1/97), Cumulative Gross Income, Days Away from Home (by command, compared with airlines).
Doc call. no.: M-U 44108-4

Crum, Daniel. Air Force Pilot Retention: A Look at 1996. Carlisle Barracks, PA, Army War College, 1990. 36 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 39080-83 C956a

Ehmen, Robert L. The Tactical Implications of Pilot Retention in TAC. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, April 1988. 21 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 E33t

Griffith, Clark. 1997 AETC Aircrew Summit II: Action Items Update. [1997]
Includes: 4-Star Pilot Retention Meeting Taskings Highlights Not Already Covered (last page).
Doc. call no.: M-U 44108-5a

Guzowski, Bruce A. A Methodology for Long-Term Forecasts of Air Force Pilot Retention Rates: A Management Perspective. Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Air Force Institute of Technology, September 1990. 113 p. (Master's thesis)
Doc. call no.: M-U 39567-4 G993m

Harris, Peter V. Pilot Retention and Air Force Leadership. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, May 1989. 22 p.
Author connects retention problems to Air Force leadership and suggests that senior leaders have become too remote from the front-line pilot.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43117 H3153p

Heinen, William J. USAF Pilot Retention: An Analysis of Air Force Initiatives to Improve Pilot Retention. Fort Leavenworth, KS, Army Command and General Staff College., 1990. 126 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 42022 H468u

Hoffman, Edward G. Pilot Retention: A Question of Leadership Effectiveness and Squadron Size? Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, May 1988. 55 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43117 H699p

Hoppe, Billy J. Pilot Retention--A "Gray" Issue?: The Impact of Airline Hiring of Retirement Eligible Pilots on Air Force Leadership. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, April 1988. 22 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 H798p

Jaroch, Victor D. and Williams Mark A. Alternate Solutions to the Problem of Pilot Retention in the United States Air Force. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, April 1990. 58 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43117 J37a

Levy, Claire Mitchell. The Civilian Airline Industry's Role in Military Pilot Retention: Beggarman or Thief? Santa Monica, CA, Rand, 1995. 46 p.
Prepared for the Office of Secretary of Defense.
Doc. call no.: M-U 30352-87 no.118

Lu, Chien-Chung. An Empirical Analysis of U. S. Air Force Pilots' Attrition. Monterey, CA, Naval Postgraduate School, March 1995. 77 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 42525 L9262e

Mestemaker, Michael J. The Aviation Career Improvement Act and Its Impact on Retention. Carlisle Barracks, PA, Army War College. April 1991. 29 p.
Author concludes that the ACIA has had little positive impact on pilot retention, makes recommendations for improvement.
Doc. call no.: M-U 39080-83 M586a

Mitchum, Albert U. Air Force Pilots: Why Do They Stay? University of Alabama, 1995. 181 p. (D.P.A. thesis)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43567-817

Moore, Carol S. Aviation Continuation Pay: Should the Maximum Award be Increased? Alexandria, VA, Center for Naval Analyses, 1997. 31 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 31914-40 no.97-16

Newton, Lloyd W.(Gen,USAF). 1997 AETC Aircrew Summit Action Items. [1997]
Slides from a briefing by Gen. Newton. Task 3: Status of PHOENIX AVIATOR.
Doc. call no.: M-U 44108-5

Parker, James C. Combatting Pilot Attrition in the USAF in the 1990s. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, 1990. 1 vol.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43117 P241c

Retzlaff, Paul D. King Raymond E. and Callister Joseph D. USAF Pilot Training Completion and Retention: A Ten Year Follow-Up on Psychological Testing. Brooks AFB, TX, Armstrong Laboratory, August 1995. 19 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43953-14 1995 no. 0124

Ross, Eddie B. Management Control of Aviation Career Incentive Pay for Selected Reservists of the Naval Reserve. Monterey, CA, Naval Postgraduate School, June 1991. 70 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 42525 R8233m

Simpson, James R. A Methodology for Forecasting Voluntary Retention Rates for Air Force Pilots. Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Air Force Institute of Technology. School of Engineering., December 1987. 93 p. (Thesis)
Book call no.: M-U 39567-5 S613m

Stone, Brice M. and others. Evaluating an Air Force Pilot Retention Bonus. Brooks AFB, TX, Air Force Human Resources Laboratory, December 1989. 39 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 42583-11 no.89-44

Thie, Harry J. Total Force Pilot Requirements and Management: An Executive Summary. Santa Monica, CA, Rand, 1995. 35 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 30352-84 no. 646

Thie, Harry J. and others. Total Force Pilot Requirements and Management: An Executive Summary. Santa Monica, CA, Rand Corporation, 1995. 35 p.
Effects of changed retention policies, pp 17-20.
Doc. call no.: M-U 30352-84 no. 646

Turner, Russell. The Impact of the Military Drawdown on USN Aviator Retention Rates. Monterey, CA, Naval Postgraduate School, March 1995. 69 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 42525 T9513i

United States. Department of Defense. DoD Aviator Retention Study. s. l., November 1988
Doc. call no.: M-U 42215-123 28 Nov 88


Pilots. Air Force Magazine 80:36-40 December 1997.
Statistical profile of USAF pilots includes thirteen charts, some of which indicate unfavorable retention trends.

Bird, Julie. Here We Go Again: "Don't Promote Me" Letters Pile Up at Majors Board. Air Force Times 58:3 April 27, 1998.
The number of pilots and other officers who wrote "don't promote me" letters to this year's majors promotion board increased dramatically compared with last year.

Bird, Julie. How the Chief Plans to Keep Pilots. Air Force Times 57:3 May 26, 1997.

Bird, Julie. It's Not Just Pilots. Air Force Times 58:12-13 May 11, 1998.
Stress is driving away more enlisted aircrew members.

Bird, Julie. Making A Tough, Costly Decision: Officer Explains Why He Asked Not to Be Promoted. Air Force Times 58:10 May 11, 1998.
One KC-10 pilot's reasons for requesting to be passed over.

Bird, Julie. Plan Would Aim to Keep Senior Pilots. Air Force Times 58:4 February 2, 1998.
Service officials hope that an updated pilot retention program called Phoenix Aviator 20 will stem departures by making it more attractive for pilots to stay in uniform for 20 years until they are eligible to retire.

Bird, Julie. Please Don't Promote Me. Air Force Times 58:3 August 25, 1997.
Pilots have found a new way out of their pilot-bonus commitments and out of the Air Force: they are asking to be passed over for promotion.

Bird, Julie. Punching Out: In a Letter to His "Boss", A Pilot Explains Why He's Leaving the Air Force. Air Force Times 57:12-14+ March 17, 1997.

Bird, Julie. The View from the Cockpit: Pilots Have Many Complaints that Are Echoed through the Service. Air Force Times 57:12-16 June 9, 1997.

Bird, Julie. We're Not the "Bad Guys": Pilots Defend Their Requests to be Passed Over..As the Service Moves to Tighten Separation Rules. Air Force Times 58:3-4 September 8, 1997.

Blazar, Ernest. New Look at Commander Billets: Holding on to Aviators. Navy Times 45:3 July 22, 1996.

Bowman, Tom. Pilots, Air Force Feeling a Crunch. Current News Early Bird, pages 4-5 June 1, 1998.
With the commercial airlines hiring in record numbers, the promise of a fatter paycheck and stable schedule is becoming more attractive than the honor and glory of what used to be considered the most glamorous of military professions.

Bradley, Perry. Is the Pilot Shortage Coming? Business & Commercial Aviation 81:78-80 September 1997.
Civilian airlines may have to make changes in order to keep and attact experienced, quality aviators.

Callander, Bruce D. And Now, the Pilot Shortage. Air Force Magazine 79:70-74 April 1996.

Chapman, Suzanne. Keeping Pilots in the Cockpits. Air Force Magazine 80:66-69 July 1997.

Diamond, John. Pilots Flying Away from Military. Current News Early Bird 4-5 March 24, 1998.

Foglesong, Robert H. Air Force Mapping a Long-Term Strategy to Improve its Retention of Pilots. Air Force Times 49:24-25 June 19, 1989.

Fulghum, David A. Tough Schedules Thin USAF Ranks. Aviation Week & Space Technology 147:78-79 September 15, 1997.
Air Force planners may have to train more than 1,150 new pilots a year to keep up with attrition caused by heavy airline hiring and a stressful deployment schedule.

Gregory, Bill. Air Force Exodus: Retention Rates are Heading South for Reasons Beyond the Control of Service Officials. Armed Forces Journal International 135:30+ September 1997.

Griffiths, Dan. Military Pilot Retention: The Challenge. U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 123:69-70 June 1997.

Jordan, Bryant. 10-Year Stint for New Pilots Considered to Ease Shortage. Air Force Times 58:2 March 2, 1998.

Jordan, Bryant. Details of Pilot-Bonus Plan Spelled Out: Officials Want to Raise Maximum to $22,000, Offer Short-Term Deals. Air Force Times 57:3 July 14, 1997.

Jordan, Bryant. Improvements Sought for Fliers: But Efforts to Keep Cockpits Filled will Take Several Years. Air Force Times 58:18 January 5, 1998.

Jordan, Bryant. Passed-Over Flyers Are Offered Retirement Deal to Stay. Air Force Times 58:3 April 27, 1998.
The Air Force hopes to keep more captains flying, even those who have been passed over twice for promotion to major. To do this, the service will guarantee that if they remain, they will be allowed to stay until they qualify for retirement--even if they are never promoted again.

Jordan, Bryant. Still Punching Out: Pilot Exodus Continues Despite Lure of Bigger Bonuses. Air Force Times 58:3 March 9, 1998.

Lewis, Llewellyn D.(Lt., USN). Where Have All the O-3s Gone? U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 124:24-26 February 1998.
It takes as many years to create a senior lieutenant commander or commander as it does to field a new weapon system. How can the Navy stop their exodus?

Maze, Rick. Bonuses are Called Key to Keeping Experienced Airmen. Air Force Times 58:3 March 16, 1998.

Maze, Rick and Wolffe Jim. Senate Wants to Fatten Aviators' Paychecks. Air Force Times 57:3 June 23, 1997.

Pulley, John. Running on Empty: Air Force Leaders are at a Loss to Fix Retention Problem. Air Force Times 58:3 March 16, 1998.

Stevens, Terry. Keep Pilots by Focusing on Essentials. Air Force Times 58:31 May 4, 1998.
Editorial suggests strategies for improved pilot retention.

Tice, Jim. Apache Pilots Leaving in Droves: Reservists Sought to Reduce Number of Overseas Deployments. Army Times 58:3 February 2, 1998.

Tirpak, John A. Working the Optempo Problem. Air Force Magazine 80:21-23 December 1997.
Outlines Air Combat Command actions to reduce the pressures of unprecedented peacetime operating requirements. Includes discussion of pilot retention issues.

Vinch, Chuck. Army Battles Pilot Shortage Head-On. Current News Early Bird, pages 6-7 April 6, 1998.
Manning rates for AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots have dropped.

Wallace, Frank T.(LCDR, USN). TQL: They Quit Leading. U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 124:77-78 April 1998.
Author believes that the Navy's F/A-18 pilots are "leaving a profession they love because they perceive that their leaders have failed to listen and act on their concerns."

Westra, A. G. Recommended Procedure for Preventing Aviator Flameout. Marine Corps Gazette 81:39-41 May 1997.

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