An Assessment of Job Satisfaction of Combat Arms Personnel during REALTRAIN Training
Technical rept. Jan 1978-Dec 1982
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This study isolated dimensions of job satisfaction and determined the relationship between job satisfaction and tactical performance in a REALTRAIN versus conventional tactical training environment. A job satisfaction questionnaire was administered before and after training to 187 male soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at fort Carson, Colorado. The design was the pretest-posttest control group design with matched assignment to either REALTRAIN or conventional training. Factor analysis on 24 questionnaire items indicated four dimensions of job satisfaction Unit Cohesiveness, Training Expectations, Work Satisfaction, and Career Intentions. In addition, a Leadership scale was constructed from four questionnaire items. Multivariate analysis of covariance and subsequent univariate analyses indicated that REALTRAIN was significantly better than conventional training on Unit Cohesiveness and Training Expectations, whereas conventional training was significantly better than REALTRAIN on Work Satisfaction and Career Intentions. In addition, univariate analysis of covariance indicated that type of training did not significantly affect Leadership.
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