Accession Number:

ADA017047

Title:

The American Volunteer Soldier: Will He Fight. (A Provisional Attitudinal Analysis)

Descriptive Note:

Individual research project rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-06-02

Pagination or Media Count:

68.0

Abstract:

The study is devoted to the development of a profile of the volunteer American soldier, a characterization of some of his prevalent attitudes and a projection of those attitudes into combat behavior. As a framework for determining the attitude of the volunteer soldier a conceptual model was developed which characterized the external variables most likely to influence the soldiers attitude and behavior. The variables used are leadership, training, discipline, group relationships, ideology and social influence. A survey was administered to 400 junior enlisted soldiers in four combat units airborne infantry, infantry, ranger and tank battalions. Assessment of the data indicates that the volunteer soldier will fight as well as or better than the draftee however, just how much better is difficult to project.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE