Preliminary Development of the Commander's Unit Analysis Profile: A leadership Tool for the Small Military Unit
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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The overall effectiveness of the small Army unit can be affected by a host of situational and personnel factors at least partially under the control of the commander. However, he may have difficulty in determining which factors are influencing the performance of his unit, so he will not know what actions to take and what actions to avoid. A simple diagnostic instrument is needed to aid the commander in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of his units social and situational environment. As a first step, a 99-item questionnaire was designed to assess soldier opinions on a variety of situational and personnel factors. This initial version of the questionnaire was administered to 674 soldiers at Fort Hood. This report describes the results of a series of analytical studies of the data obtained. Twenty-two factors were interpreted and named. Further analyses indicated that 22 factors could be assessed by 49 items with little loss of information. Recommendations for further development of the questionnaire were made.
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