THE CAREER MOTIVATION SURVEY: OVERALL ATTITUDE AND REENLISTMENT TRENDS.
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY WASHINGTON D C
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An overview is presented of changes during the first enlistment, in attitudes toward the Navy and in reenlistment intentions of 9,000 men who entered the Navy in the Fall of 1956 on Regular Navy enlistments and were of Mental Levels I, II, and III. Attitudes declined progressively with time. The sharpest decline, reflected also in reenlistment intentions, occurred in the four months following recruit training. Reenlistment intentions were highest during recruit training, lowest during the first half of the third year, and turned upward during the fourth year. The number of undecided declined progressively. The trends suggest that impetus be given to work on developing pro-Navy reenlistment-oriented attitudes from the first day of recruit training, if not before, with special attention being given to improving the transition from boot to sailor. Development of relatively long-range forecasting of reenlistment rate appears to be possible. Author
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