THE U. S. NAVAL ACADEMY SUMMER CRUISES: A LOOK AT THE LATEST ONE AND A FOLLOW-UP OF AN EARLIER ONE.
NAVAL SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE PENSACOLA FLA
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This study served a twofold purpose 1 To evaluate the effectiveness of the 1963 Air Indoctrination Cruises for U. S. Naval Academy midshipmen by identifying changes in knowledge about and attitudes toward aviation and by determining attitudes toward the cruise itself. 2 To evaluate further the cruise concept by studying an earlier cruise group 1961 that has had an opportunity to enter flight training. As in previous studies the results indicated a favorable endorsement of the cruise concept. There was strong evidence that the cruise contributed to a more realistic picture of naval aviation and an increase in the perceived status of naval aviation. The 1963 group had fewer men than earlier groups expressing the intention of entering aviation and it was demonstrated that this was probably related to the fact that there was an increase in this group in the number of men who felt that they were not physically qualified for flight. An extremely small portion of the group expressed the intention of entering the NAO program. With respect to the follow-up study it was demonstrated that those influenced positively by the cruise, as determined by their stated intentions toward aviation before and after the cruise, had a considerably higher rate of actual entry into flight training than those not changing or those shifting negatively. Furthermore, those who shifted positively outnumbered those shifting negatively about 2 12 to 1. Author