Relationship of Military Environments to Stress and Performance
Final rept. Aug 1968-Sep 1970
MENTAL RESEARCH INST PALO ALTO CA
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The purpose of the study was to develop and test a method for assessing the social climate of military training companies and determine the relationship between enlistment mens perceptions of their company environments, feelings of stress, and performance. A total of 32 training companies at Fort Ord, California was given the Military Company Environment Indes MCEI over a two-year period. Results showed that a final factor analyzed version of the MCEI could be developed whose scales were significantly related to feelings of stress and also to military performance. The most important aspect of the environment associated with stress and also to military performance. The most important aspect of the environment associated with stress and performance was peer support. The major military implication is that the MCEI can assist command to assess company environments and develop procedure to increase company effectiveness.