COMBAT PERFORMANCE OF EM WITH DISCIPLINARY RECORDS
ARMY PERSONNEL RESEARCH OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The present study was undertaken to clarify the relationship between disciplinary behavior and combat performance and to assure that operational utilization of a set of valid measures designed to eliminate the potential troublemaker would not also serve to eliminate a needed type of combat soldier in times of open conflict. Combat ratings obtained on enlisted men serving in the Korean War were analyzed to compare the fighting effectiveness of men with precombat court-martial conviction and men with clear records. In an enlistee RA sample incidence of court-martial conviction in the inductee US sample was too small for analysis men with precombat court-martial convictions were on the average poorer combat soldiers than were men with no such convictions. The RA component had a larger percentage of other-than-honorable discharges than did the US component 17 vs 2 and, among those receiving honorable discharges, a larger percentage of the RA men had records of court-martial conviction 20 vs 3.
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