Collateral duty job satisfaction among Coast Guard aviators
Morrison, Robert James, Jr.
Hocevar, Susan Page
Suchan, James E.
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this research sought to determine if collateral duty job assignment is related to a Coast Guard aviator's career satisfaction, which are the most and least satisfying collateral duties, and if various job, management, and individual characteristics are related to collateral duty satisfaction. Data were obtained from a questionnaire which was sent to all duty-standing aviators at Coast Guard air stations. Using statistical analysis techniques and reviews of qualitative comments, the data were analyzed and results obtained. Collateral duty satisfaction is fairly strongly related to career satisfaction, and to a lesser degree, retention plans. Aviators tend to be positively satisfied with their collateral duty, with the Engineering Department offering the most satisfying collateral duties while the Administration department tends to offer the least, but still positively, satisfying collateral duties. Jon and management characteristics are very influential on collateral duty satisfaction, and while the influence of various characteristics vary among officer rank, the five most influential characteristics for Coast Guard aviators overall are autonomy, task significance, being able to influence which collateral duty is assigned, leadership opportunities, and satisfaction with the supervisor. While collateral duty satisfaction tends to be positive, aviators are dissatisfied by the conflict resulting from not having enough time to maintain proficiency in both aviation (primary) and collateral duties.
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