ROTC-Program Determinants of Cadets' Career Commitment
Technical rept. Dec 1975-Jul 1976
AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES PALO ALTO CA
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Forty instructors from eleven Army Senior ROTC programs were surveyed in a pilot study aimed at exploring the nature and extent of ROTC-program influences on cadets career commitment. The commitment of cadets in each program had been assessed in a prior study via several indicators of commitment e.g., intention to remain in ROTC intention to remain in the Army beyond the period of obligated Army service intention to make a career of the Army. The following ROTC programs were found to have relatively committed enrolled CADETS new programs small programs programs in which instructors reported spending outside-class time with cadets programs fostering Self-Discovery and Independence programs in which instructors were not burdened by excessive administrative responsibilities programs offering innovative extracurricular enrichment activities and mini-courses. Results were interpreted in the context of the quantity vs. quality tension facing many ROTC programs. Implications of the study for future research into ROTC-program determinants of cadets career commitment were also spelled out.
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