EFFECTS OF FOUR ORIENTATION PROCEDURES ON AIRBORNE TRAINEES
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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A total of 909 men in 4 air-borne training companies were randomly divided into 4 groups, each of which was subjected to a different type of pretraining orientation. The 4 procedures were 1 standard orientation, normally used in the training of air-borne students 2 nonfear orientation, similar to the standard orientation except for the deletion of references to fear, safety, or washout 3 no orientation and 4 glory orientation which stressed the history, tradition, and esprit de corps of the air-borne and avoided references to fear, safety, or washout. The results indicate that no important differences in performance or attitudes occurred among the air-borne trainees as a result of varying the training orientations. The relatively small amount of time devoted to the orientations was regarded as the reason for the general absence of differential effects from the various procedures which were tried.