Attitudes of Military Officers Toward Promotion.
Interim rept. Mar 74-Sep 75,
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TEX
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This study provides data on the attitudes of military officers towards promotion system in their respective service. The data were collected in the 1973 DoD personnel survey under the sponsorship of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of DefenseManpower and Reserve Affairs. More than 20,000 responses were obtained from a stratified random sample of officers weighted to represent the total population. This survey collected information on officers attitudes toward the promotion system, satisfaction with its operation, perception of equity with civilian promotions, opinions about below-the-zone promotion, the meaning of promotion to the individual, factors which are important in promotions, and expected terminal rank. More officers were dissatisfied with the promotion system than were satisfied although 60 percent were satisfied with promotion information. Almost half thought that military promotions were slower than civilian ones. More than three-quarters of the officers felt that below-the-zone promotions has a good effect. Promotions meant more responsibility and more satisfaction to most officer. Ability was cited as the factor which should be most important in promotion. Finally, more than half expected to retire at pay grade 0-6 or higher. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations