Accession Number : ADA298607

Title :   Adaptation of Disadvantaged Soldiers to Military Service in the I.D.F

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ISRAEL DEFENCE FORCES TEL-AVIV

Personal Author(s) : Dovrat, Rami

PDF Url : ADA298607

Report Date : AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 157

Abstract : The goal of the present research was to evaluate the adaptation of disadvantaged soldiers to military service in the Israeli Defense Forces (lDF). The adaptation of four groups of disadvantaged soldiers, classified by severity of pre-induction deprivation, was examined in two studies. Each of the disadvantaged groups was compared to a group of non disadvantaged soldiers serving in similar military occupation specialties (MOS), on a wide variety of adjustment to military measures developed during this research effort. In study 1, in which archive data on discharged soldiers was used, the groups were compared on negative' adjustment measures representing presence or absence of maladjustment. The results showed that MAKAM soldiers (low on cognitive, motivational and educational selection measures as well as suffering severe pre-induction psychosocial problems) exhibited lower levels of adjustment on most measures. For MAHVA soldiers (low on cognitive, motivational and educational selection measures but having only mild pre-induction psychosocial problems), results were MOS dependent. MAHVA automotive mechanics appeared to be the problematic group, while MAHVA Service and supply personnel (SSP) drivers MOS showed reasonable levels of adjustment. However, higher rates of maladjustment discharge and disciplinary problems were common to all MAHVA MOS. LOWKABA soldiers (low on cognitive and motivational measures, but not on education) did not differ from their non disadvantaged counterparts on all indicators apart from disciplinary problems. KABAG soldiers (soldiers diagnosed as having mild mental health problems) showed good adjustment.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *MILITARY TRAINING, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), HIGH RATE, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, EDUCATION, ARMY PERSONNEL, MECHANICS, PERSONNEL, MENTAL HEALTH, MOTIVATION, SUPPLIES, ARCHIVES, INDICATORS, SELECTION, AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS, INDUCTION SYSTEMS, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, ISRAELIS.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE