Studies in Enlisted Submariner Motivation I: Some Etiological Factors Related to Devolunteering of Submarine School Candidates
Medical research progress rept. no. 7
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
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Questionnaire data pertaining to the circumstances surrounding a submarine crewmembers decision to devolunteer were collected from 101 enlisted men following Submarine School graduation. Thirteen classes of motives resulted from a content analysis of these data. The four major motivational categories were in descending order of incidence Habitability factors, motivation deficiencies, maladjustive indices, and family problems. Habitability factors and motivation deficiencies account for most of the devolunteering of the lower paygrade men assigned to the diesel submarine fleet. In contrast, the higher- rated, nuclear-trained submariners appeared to have devolunteered largely because of problems related to family adjustment, and to a lesser extent, becuase of the perceived dangers of sub duty. Across all subgroups within this sample, 25 or more apparently had some type of maladjustive trend associated with and probably causally related to the decision to devolunteer. Several approaches counteractive to the major causes of devolunteering delineated by the study were presented.