A Further Examination of Enlistment Motivation and the Disposition of Army Applicants
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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Research was performed to 1 Determine the structure of reasons that lead to the enlistment decision 2 Isolate factors that lead some initial Army applicants to enlist in one of the other services instead of the Army, and 3 Compare data collected in a draft-free environment FY 74 to data collected in FY72. Data were obtained from questionnaire responses at Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Stations. According to the surveys, the Armys main attraction has been its ability to provide some kind of training to enlistees. Other findings revealed 1 An 8 increase in the proportion of Army enlistees who initially preferred another service 2 The Army gained in educational quality and lost in mental quality of its applicants 3 In 1974, the Army gained more non-white enlistees than it lost and 4 Age, geographic region, and educational level were the most important characteristics associated with making the Army an enlistees first choice of service.
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