A Survey of Soldiers' Opinion
Leadership monograph series no. 10
ARMY ADMINISTRATION CENTER FORT BENJAMIN HARRISON IN
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In October 1976, the Survey Opinion Questionnaire was distributed to 2674 soldiers in TOE divisional and non-divisional units in CONUS and USAREUR. 2382 questionnaires were analyzed, first as a total sample, then by rank and rank groupings, and finally by unit type and unit groupings. The questionnaire asked for information and opinions about training, job satisfaction, and work ethic, the three important aspects of attitude towards duty time. Generally, the attitude towards duty time is positive, and attitudes are more positive in the higher enlisted ranks than in the lower. The analyses by unit types show differential responses that indicate a slight falling off of positive attitudes as units go from combat, through combat service support, to combat support units. There is a clear and pervasive perception of what activities are important to self, bosses, and assistants and an almost equally clear perception that what is important to self and assistant individual, squad or team training is different from what is important to bosses Vehicular or weapon system maintenance.
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