Development of a ROTC/Army Career Commitment Model. Volume 1
Final rept. Dec 1973-Nov 1975
AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES PALO ALTO CA
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A model of career commitment in the young adult primarily college years was developed from a survey of the literature, from interviews with 135 Army ROTC cadets and officers, and from survey questionnaires filled out by nationwide samples of 1,089 high school seniors, 1,633 college students 754 in ROTC, 879 not in ROTC, and 634 ROTC-graduate Army officers in their period of obligated Army service. The model included nine global factors hypothesized to be related to career commitment in general 1 the U.S. and world political and socioeconomic context 2 the school and study program context 3 individual background and primary socialization factors 4 individual aptitudes 5 individual life experiences or secondary socialization conditions 6 individual values, interests, and aspirations 7 individual attitudes 8 information acquired by the individual about the career and 9 career-related experiences. The model also included numerous specific variables under each of these global factors, hypothesized to be operative in the ROTC Army career commitment process in particular. Implications of the model for ROTCArmy recruitment, selection, and retention were spelled out.
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