Situational Interaction: A Peer Counseling Approach to AWOL (unauthorized Absences from Duty) Reduction
COLORADO UNIV AT COLORADO SPRINGS
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An AWOL reduction program, which utilized peer counseling, was conducted with two randomly selected companies from a mechanized infantry battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado. Two randomly selected companies from the same brigade served as static control units. Employing the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis T-JTA, AWOL-prone soldiers were identified and were counseled initially by the unit chaplain and subsequently by platoon leaders. Platoon leaders identified situational aspects of AWOL-prone soldiers and interacted as mediators between environmental situations e.g., money problems and personal factors identified by the T-JTA. As a function of the intervention, the treated group showed a significant decline in AWOL rates while the control group did not. Results were discussed in terms of the efficiency of employing the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis in conjunction with peer counseling to reduce AWOL rates.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations