Purpose. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences and perceptions of Latino chief master sergeants currently serving in the California Air National Guard as they ascended to the rank of chief master sergeant. The study offers insight for military leaders who are the key decision makers when developing diversity programs and implementing equal opportunity directives.
Conceptual Framework. The conceptual framework for this study was based on the concept that Latino chief master sergeants are underrepresented in key leadership positions. The experiences of Latino chief master sergeants currently serving in the California Air National Guard provided insight into why this phenomenon is occurring.
Methodology. Semistructured interviews were conducted with Latino chief master sergeants currently serving in the California Air National Guard. Participants serve at one of the five air wings which comprise the California Air National Guard.
Findings and Conclusions. Major findings of the study include supporting and promoting education at all ranks, increasing the opportunity for Latinos to serve in key leadership roles, ensuring promotions are based on job performance and merit, and supporting diversity initiatives. This study concluded that Latino chief master sergeants are key leaders in the California Air National Guard and their experiences play a significant role in the development of airmen, specifically Latino airmen.
Recommendations. California Air National Guard leaders should consider the experiences of Latino chief master sergeants prior to implementing changes to education, key leadership positions, promotion, and diversity initiatives. Equitable access to educational programs and developmental opportunities will ensure that all airmen, to include Latino airmen, are prepared for a successful career in the California Air National Guard.
|Commitee:||Bevan, Craig, Whitney, Rich|
|School:||University of La Verne|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Air national guard, Diversity, Hispanic, Latino, National guard, United states air force|
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