A Pilot Study of the Personal Value Systems of United States Air Force Officers.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The basic objective of the research was to describe the personal value systems of Air Force officers including a description of value system differences related to various personal and organizational variables. Within the limitations imposed on the research effort, this objective was satisfied. The overall orientation of the officers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was an equal mixture of pragmatic and moral-ethical orientations. Primary orientation was found to be independent of all the personal and organizational variables except marital status. Married officers tended to be less mixed and less pragmatically oriented and more moral-ethically oriented than were single officers. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officers placed the highest importance on value concepts associated with goals of organizations. Value concepts associated with characteristics of other people were second in importance. The chi-square contingency table analyses conducted between personal and organizational variable classifications and the behavioral relevance of values revealed 115 significant differences. Primary orientation accounted for the greatest number of differences. Author