Adapation to First Term Enlistment Among Women in the Marine Corps.
Annual rept. 16 Sep 97-15 Sep 98,
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER BOSTON MA
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Rates of premature first-term attrition approach 50 among women Marines. We propose that adjustment to first term enlistment among women and men in the US Marine Corps USMC will be associated with distal factors i.e.,psychiatric histories, exposure to childhood stressors, proximal factors i.e., task and socioemotional characteristics of the military setting and their interaction. Further, gender differences in adjustment will be partially accounted for by gender differences in rates of exposure to certain distal and proximal events. This prospective, longitudinal study will assess female and male USMC recruits throughout the initial 18 months of their first-term enlistment. Distal factors and baseline mental and physical well being will be measured at the recruit depot. Proximal factors, occupational outcomes, and mental and physical well being will be assessed at the end of basic training, and at 9 and 18 months. This investigation will inform policy makers and clinicians concerned with improving retention in the USMC and optimizing both womens and mens performance and adaptation. The current report details the rationale for this study, and describes the status of the project to date.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations