Accession Number:

AD0608328

Title:

THE EFFECT OF A SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE IN FIELD MILITARY TRAINING ON LATER CADET PERFORMANCE AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY,

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MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT N Y

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Report Date:

1964-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

The subjects were 177 cadets at the United States Military Academy. The question raised was whether a successful or unsuccessful experience in field military training would affect a cadets later performance at the Academy. Grades, aptitude ratings, and demerit scores were obtained on these cadets at the end of their first academic year. The summer session between their first and second academic years was devoted to practical military training at Camp Buckner. During this period they were tested as individuals and as squads for knowledge and skills acquired in the various areas of training. High scores in these tests were considered to indicate a successful experience, and low scores an unsuccessful experience. Two measures of success were employed individual performance alone, and individual success reinforced by also being a member of a successful squad. Grades, aptitude ratings, and demerit scores were again obtained at the end of the first term of their second academic year. No evidence was found to support the hypothesis that a successful performance would be more effective in task-oriented than relationship-oriented individuals.

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE