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Air Force Climate Survey yields insights

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- More than 172,000 Airmen across the Air Force voiced their opinions in the online Air Force Climate Survey from Oct. 8 to Nov. 28. After experts performed a comprehensive analysis, officials have released the total force results on the Air Force Portal.

The climate survey is designed to measure Airmen's attitudes toward their work environment and unit with results showing more than 80 percent of survey respondents are happy with their jobs and 95 percent agreeing their unit is successfully accomplishing its mission.

Links to the final report are being e-mailed this week to all unit commanders and leaders who had 10 or more of their Airmen respond. The identity of those who participated will be protected.

Those reports will contain breakouts of active duty, Guard and Reserve responses and an additional breakout of officer, enlisted, and civilian responses only if there are seven or more responses in that category. No other demographic information is included unit final reports, and individual responses are not revealed.

The survey gives leaders an insight into the work environment of organizations within the total force. For instance, despite deployment demands, deployed and non-deployed Airmen have nearly equal levels of positive responses regarding recognition, trust in leadership and job satisfaction.

Survey analysis showed that more than 90 percent of Airmen believe their immediate supervisor trusts them, has confidence in them, and respects them.

Airmen also indicated they generally have trust in their direct supervisor, with levels of agreement at 83 percent or more on all related questions.

Additionally, 82 percent of all survey respondents are generally satisfied with the Air Force.

The results of the survey also indicated that the strain on manpower and time continues to be a concern for the total force, with the majority of home-station Airmen report an increase in levels of stress, workload and work-hours due to personnel being deployed.

The survey also showed that, despite these indicators of a more stressful environment, Airmen who intend to remain on active duty increased slightly.

Not only does the survey measure the attitudes of Airmen currently, but it also compares those of Airmen who took the 2008 survey. The results say that respondents whose leaders used the 2008 survey results to make improvements within the organization had higher levels of agreement in all areas.

Moving forward, the Air Force is postured to address issues identified by the survey and commanders are asked to create plans to address any areas of concern. Commanders are also encouraged to brief their unit results to members within 30 days of receiving the final report.

Air Force Manpower Agency behavioral scientists have developed a guide containing specific recommendations and lists of valuable resources for commanders and leaders. The book will be posted on the Air Force Portal as soon as the final reports are released.

The next Air Force Climate survey is scheduled for 2012. The 2010 survy total force results are available on the Air Force Portal.

For more information on Air Force surveys, e-mail af.surveys@us.af.mil