Military Utilization of a Sample of Graduate Scientists and Engineers 1968-1971
Research memo. 1967-1972
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Between 1967 and 1972, the Scientific Manpower Commission SMC cooperated in a pilot program with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. This program was an effort to aid in the placement of college graduate draftees, particularly in the sciences and engineering, in appropriate military occupational specialties that would better utilize their civilian knowledge and skills. The contribution of the U. S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences was limited to support for the final phases of the study and the production of the report. Most of this report is based on the results of a final SMC questionnaire sent out in 1973 and completed and returned by 621 men. This sample was the result of a steady attrition of the 3,000 men who responded to a short news item in Science magazine in June 1967 inviting science graduates about to be inducted into the Army to contact SMC concerning placement assistance in the Army. Many of the 3, 000 respondents did not enter the Army, others failed to respond to SMC follow- up requests for location and duty assignments, and some did not respond to the final questionnaire. The report also includes an analysis of comments written by many of the men in the sample, particularly those assigned to science and engineering jobs.
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