Summary of ARI Research on Military Delinquency
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Most ARI research on military delinquency has focused on predicting, at the point of entry, those personnel most likely to commit delinquent acts within a fixed time period e.g., by the end of Basic Combat Training. Across the variety of investigations which focused on various types of delinquency some consistent findings emerge. Component of service i.e., volunteers vs. draftees and several closely associated variables--age at entry, level of education, and mental ability--are associated with delinquent acts such background data and peer ratings provide the best predictors. Attempts to develop a more precise profile of the military delinquent have not been very successful, and programs aimed at rehabilitation of potential delinquents have actually proved counterproductive. All of these outcomes suggest that future research should concentrate more on the context in which delinquency occurs and less on the characteristics of those who commit delinquent acts.
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