Factors Influencing Job Satisfaction among Army Chaplains
Individual study project
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This research on job satisfaction among US Army chaplains is based on a mail survey response of 998 chaplains out of 1411 in the Army chaplaincy. Factors which influence job satisfaction were explored by means of a three-fold model 1 How chaplains see themselves 2 How chaplains view their work and 3 How chaplains view the organization. These perspectives of self-image, job content, and organization were found to be mutually reinforcing in describing a very high level of job satisfaction among Army chaplains. Chaplains were found to differ most on certain organizational policies and practices. However, they basically have a positive view toward the organization--their denomination, the Army chaplaincy, and command. Certain professional irritants were singled out. By means of demographic information, comparisons were made as to how chaplains feel about their work and role as chaplains. For example, the level of present job satisfaction was compared for each component, rank, marital state, and major denominational grouping. The research discussion ends with an examination of data pointing to the possibilities and problems involved in chaplain collegial relationships. Final conclusions are made with respect to role and assignment career considerations and compensations, organization, and education. The research is of interest to all chaplains and to those charged with personnel and programming responsibilities.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations