Impact of Increasing Preference Options in the Marine Corps
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The impact of increasing preference options in the Marine Corps was studied by administering the Marine Assignment Preference Schedule MAPS to all recruits entering the Marine Corps between October 1972 and April 1973, to whom no special training commitment had been made. Enlistees indicated their occupational preference on MAPS administered at entry to recruit training, at completion of recruit training, and 6 months after the completion of recruit training. In each case, selection was made from 28 Marine Corps ground occupational fields. The third administration of MAPS included self-evaluations on job satisfaction and service plans. The results are discussed and three recommendations are presented for possible consideration.
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