The Five A’s of Aviator Personality

Here’s a Leadership Behavior Question – ever wonder the type of military pilot that’s protecting our skies? Or do you naturally have what it takes to fill this role?

Using a sample of 376 retired military aviators, RPWs and controls (a control group of Naval aviators that matched the age/experience of the RPW group), personality test data identified the following components of what has previously been described as “The Right Stuff:”

  1. Adventurousness
  2. Aggression*
  3. Affiliation
  4. Achievement
  5. Adaptability

*This term aggression above, is what we would call Assertiveness.

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