A Comparison of the Values of Highly Successful Senior Field Grade Infantry Officers with Those of Company Grade Infantry Officers and Civilians
Research note Oct 79-Sep 80,
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The Rokeach Value Scale was used to measure values of highly successful senior Infantry officers at the Army War College AWC. The values of new and experienced Infantry junior officers were also measured. All Infantry groups, but especially the AWC group, showed major differences from a national sample of males. The AWC group ranked the values An Exciting Life, A Sense of Accomplishment, National Security, Self-Respect, being Capable, being Courageous, being Honest, being Imaginative, being Logical, and being Responsible much higher in importance than the national sample of males. The AWC group ranked the values A Comfortable Life, A World at Peace, a World of Beauty, True Friendship, being Ambitious, being Broadminded, being Cheerful, being Clean, being Forgiving, being Loving, and being Polite much lower in importance than did the national sample. The three Infantry groups also showed differences among themselves, with the AWC colonels and lieutenant colonels typically differing from the junior Infantry officers in the same way that all of the Infantry groups differed from the civilians. Implications of these results for research aimed at changing deficient values among new Infantry officers are discussed.
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