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Perceptions of Navy Basic Training: Recruits Before and During Training
COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS
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Attitudes of enlisted men toward interpersonal influence the rank and authority structure in the Navy were explored by administering questionnaires to 165 recruits at the time they joined the Navy and to 365 basic trainees during the final week of Navy basic training. Recruits had fairly accurate expectations of inconsiderate and punitive leadership they would face during basic. Both groups agreed that the organizational climate of basic training is tougher and more punitive than they expect in the Navy itself and much more negative than in most civilian jobs. All five modes of leader power identified by French and Raven 1959 were seen to be effective in eliciting high effort to perform ones duty, but coercive and legitimate power were seen as detrimental to morale.
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