SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – The 80th Flying Training Wing aims to train and develop the world’s best fighter pilots, serving 14 NATO countries. Since its inception in 1981, the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program has trained more than 8,000 pilots here, with a rate of around 200 each year. A figure to say the least surprising.
This program is certainly not comparable to that of a simple commercial enterprise, as the latter operates to achieve a purely economic result by following a cost / benefit analysis.
As for all companies, the “end product” objective of the ENJJPT requires investment in production, but can we say that its benefits have immediate effects? Definitely not. The result has human value, but the benefits are not immediately tangible. It is a resource that will only bring benefits in the future. It is important to consider the quantity obtained over a certain period of time to compare each pilot to a single “product”. But above all, quality is the key factor in giving real meaning to the whole process.
If it is framed in this context, the training system has characteristics close to those of a complex company, which to produce a high-value asset, must integrate as much as possible the combination of three types of capital: Human , organizational and relational.
Human capital is related to the skills, talents and know-how necessary to successfully follow the activities planned or required by the system. Every business needs competent personnel who participate in the production process. If the Ferrari didn’t have its six skilled mechanics trained and able to work as a team, how would it do during a pit stop in a Formula 1 race in Austin? In the ENJJPT program, the team is made up of all flight instructors selected by individual nations, able to deliver an advanced level of performance.
Organizational capital represents the specific way in which the company produces. It consists only of organizational models, communication tools, procedures, standards and instructions. All of these processes require skill and time to implement, but when consolidated they will bring a business to an optimum level of production and efficiency. What if in the last Super Bowl the Tampa Bay Buccaneers players had not known their roles and attacked without receiving communications and instructions during the game? Would they have dominated the Kansas City Chiefs with a 31-9 win? They would certainly have failed, unable to work cohesively as a team.
Finally, relational capital is made up of this set of relationships established between the different actors within an organization. At Sheppard AFB, we have a feeling of mutual trust and respect pursuing the same goal, and the sharing of culture and values among 14 nations. Here, this factor is undoubtedly a strong point and “diversity management” is fully applied. Inside the ENJJPT building, thanks to the integration of around 300 flight instructors and more than 230 aspiring pilots, a very high competitive advantage is obtained on a daily basis. This is due to types of diversity such as nationality, culture, propensity, character and work experiences.
It should be said that like any organization of excellence, even for the ENJJPT, the essence of success lies precisely in the collective capacity of all the professionals, trainers and students who work there daily, to create value.
|Date posted:||12.31.2021 06:35|
|Site:||SHEPPARD AFB, Texas, United States|
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