WAIVING THE STANDARDS: THE EFFECT OF RECRUITMENT WAIVERS IN THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

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Authors
Woodside, Jennifer K.
Subjects
Royal Australian Air Force
RAAF
Australian Defence Force
air power
enlisted
recruitment
recruitment waiver
enlistment standards
recruitment targets
workforce targets
workforce growth
recruitment challenge
human capital
workforce planning
workforce management
labor demand
labor supply
Advisors
Tick, Simona L.
Ahn, Sae Young
Date of Issue
2024-03
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The Australian Defence Force faces a recruitment challenge, prompting all services to increasingly rely on recruitment waivers to temporarily match enlistment standards with personnel requirements. This study assesses the growing utilization of waivers by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), evaluating how they may affect RAAF’s ability to both achieve its recruiting requirements and not incur losses during time spent under training. Using linear probability models to analyze historic enlistment and waiver issuance data from 2016 through 2021, this study reveals a statistically significant yet negligible effect of recruitment waivers on the successful service of past aviator cohorts. An examination of waiver categories, characteristics and military occupation groups uncover further positive and negative effects. Medical waivers exhibit a significant negative impact on service, while waivers related to driver’s license, physical fitness, security background and criminal history can positively influence select occupation groups. The findings serve as positive indicators for the effectiveness of the current recruitment waiver policy. Based on the observed impact from prior usage, the continued strategic deployment of waivers is recommended ensuring their use aligns with RAAF’s risk tolerance and recruitment needs. It is essential for RAAF to recognize that waivers are not a solution for the recruitment challenge but rather a tool to enhance the strategy into the future.
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Department of Defense Management (DDM)
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