Officer Career Development: General Unrestricted Line Officer Perceptions of the Dual-Career Track
Final rept. May 1987-Mar 1988
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This report is the eighth in a series that examines officer career development. The reports purpose was to describe the initial reaction of general unrestricted line URL officers to a new policy establishing the dual career track. This track was composed of the General or Leadership Track GT, which represented a continuation of the traditional path, and a new path termed the Specialist Track ST. Questionnaire responses were collected for approximately 1,200 women, and 58 women were interviewed in the San Diego area. Correlations and descriptive statistics were computed on the questionnaire responses. Interview comments were used to gain a deeper understanding of questionnaire responses. The report centered on two questions of interest to the communitys career managers and policy makers. The first question concerned the extent to which officers felt that the ST was a viable career option. Results showed that officers considered the ST to be an unknown. For example, close to 40 percent of the officers LCDRs and below reported that they were undecided about which track to select. The closer the officer is to LCDR the point at which officers can become specialists, the more likely they are to prefer the GT. LCDRs selecting the ST tended to score lower than those selecting the GT in the following areas 1 fitness reports as recalled by the officers themselves and 2 satisfaction with past assignments. In addition, LCDRs were more likely to select the ST, the more they reported they had cut back on their career involvement to meet the needs of their spouse andor children. The second question focused on whether General URLs feel knowledgeable about the dual career system.
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