Accession Number:

ADA250425

Title:

The Use of Incentives in Light Infantry Platoons

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Oct 1990-Jun 1991

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

This research examined the perceptions of 995 soldiers in light infantry platoons concerning standard incentives in their unit and whether the incentives were given to the right soldiers. Incentives examined were 1 public recognition for a job well done, 2 passes, 3 awards, 4 specialized training courses, 5 letters of appreciation or commendation, and 6 promotions. About 70 of the soldiers reported that the incentives were only seldom or occasionally used about 50 responded that they were sometimes given to the wrong people. Use of the incentives was significantly correlated with the levels of soldier motivation, job satisfaction, identification with the Army, pride in being a platoon member, cohesion, unit climate, perceived training proficiency, and positive unit training expectations. The report includes suggestions to improve the management of incentives.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE