Accession Number:

ADA279167

Title:

Young Single Soldiers and Relationships

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Nov 1986-Sep 1992

Corporate Author:

RESEARCH TRIANGLE INST RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC

Report Date:

1994-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

63.0

Abstract:

This research examines the impact of boyfriend and girlfriend relationships on the readiness, retention, and support service needs of young single soldiers in the Army. It is the first major investigation in this area and offers military leaders a new look at the transitions soldiers make from single to married status and the effects of those transitions on behavior, attitudes, and needs. The data were collected from a random sample of 11,035 soldiers in 1989. The analyses were conducted on 2,242 single soldiers in the junior enlisted Private-Sergeant and officer Second Lieutenant--Captain grades under 30 years of age with no children. A sample of 1,017 young married soldiers with no children who reported they were happily married was examined using the same variables for comparison purposes. It was found that involvement in relationships had a significant effect on soldiers and that effects varied according to the seriousness of the relationship, the gender of the soldier, and the raceethnic status of the soldier. There was an overall trend toward higher job performance and Army commitment among those in relationships, but this was less true for minority and female soldiers than for male soldiers. Single soldiers, Performance, Readiness. I Retention Psychological adjustment Support services

Subject Categories:

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

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE