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AN ANALYSIS OF THE CHRONIC OFFENDER PROBLEM WITHIN THE ARMED FORCES.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Delinquency - habitual delinquency - is presently of major concern to virtually every American military activity. In 1964, almost 25,000 servicemen were discharged from the Armed Forces for reasons of unfitness. Many thousands more were involved in major offenses, court-martialled, and confined in military correctional institutions. The cost of these disciplinary proceedings is staggering - both in terms of dollars and loss of military operational effectiveness - and is increasing every year. With our present high emphasis on qualitative analysis, maximum utilization of resources and cost effectiveness within the Department of Defense, it would seem obvious that a whole-hearted effort should be made to reduce the high cost of military discipline. This paper attempts to point out the factors and variables involved in the personalities who become chronic offenders, examines what is now being done by the military to combat the problem and proposes policy modifications designed to maximize our effectiveness in dealing with deviant individuals. Author
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