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Behavioral Analysis of Physical Security Job Analyses. Volume 1.

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Final rept. 1 Mar 79-1 Oct 80,

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The purpose of this research is to identify ways to reduce attrition of enlisted and junior officer personnel assigned to physical security positions upon graduation from the U.S. Army Military Police School USAMPS and at the same time to improve performance and increase job satisfaction. One domestic site was visited for the purposes of interviewing USAMPS graduates, conducting job analyses, and examining job settings. This report covers the analyses of physical security jobs at seven sites. In addition to outlining tasks involved in specified officer and enlisted officer and enlisted positions, it comments on factors relating to the circumstances of leadership and job performance. Discrepancies were noted between specified MOS job descriptions and actual duties performed at the site. Junior officer roles and functions were determined to be somewhat inconsistent with the need to maintain the integrity of leadership. Maturity and experience among junior officers seemed to predict greater efficacy as a leader in this environment. Junior officers tended to perceive their roles and functions in managerial, rather than command, terms. Enlisted duties were found to be conducive to boredom and perfunctoriness in some cases. Some duties were viewed in negative terms. Jobs tended to lack challenge and positive attitudes toward those jobs depended upon internal motivation factors. Assignment of some auxiliary duties to enlisted personnel is possibly conducive to lowered efficiency in physical security tasks.

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  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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