Accession Number:

ADA037325

Title:

Personality, Draft Status, and Military Service,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CALIF

Report Date:

1973-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The purpose of the present study was to determine whether attitudinal and personality variables discriminate between those subjects who entered the Navy with low draft lottery numbers draft-motivated group and those who entered with high draft lottery numbers self-motivated group. There were 7936 sailors all of whom were given the Recruit Temperament Survey RTS during their first week of boot camp. The results indicated that the self-motivated enlistees had had more difficulty at home and in school, they were more optimistic about their stay in the Navy than the draft-motivated group. The draft-motivated group was more anxious and depressed than the self-motivated group. In terms of the psychiatric incidence of the two groups, the self-motivated group, when compared to the draft-motivated group, had twice the incidence rate for psychosis and neurosis and half the incidence rate for drug-related hospitalization. The results were discussed in terms of the effect that the all-volunteer force will have in psychiatric facilities in the U.S. Navy. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE