Accession Number : ADA302431

Title :   Preliminary Development of the Military Socialization Inoculator. A Means of Reducing Discipline Problems by Early Socialization into Appropriate Military Behaviors.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun-Aug 94,

Corporate Author : DEFENSE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT INST PATRICK AFB FL

Personal Author(s) : Knouse, Stephen B. ; Smith, Alvin ; Smith, Patricia

PDF Url : ADA302431

Report Date : 01 AUG 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : While most African-Americans serve with distinction in the military, a disproportionate number experience the military justice system. Several studies show that more African-Americans than Whites who have encountered some problem with the military have received nonjudicial punishments (Articles 15) for insubordination early in their first tour of duty. Problems with early socialization into the military may be a cause of these problems. This paper presents the concept of the socialization inoculator as a possible solution. The socialization inoculator is a video showing correct and incorrect verbal exchanges in potentially confrontational situations followed by discussion of the videos. The inoculator would serve to create realistic expectations of work-duty situations and to show appropriate behaviors in potential interpersonal exchanges. In this first stage in the development of the inoculator, a survey of military equal opportunity reports and equal opportunity training materials resulted in a listing of actual and hypothetical confrontational scenarios between African-Americans and Whites. From this list several scenarios were developed into scripts for the video. In addition, discussion questions were included. It is recommended that a contractor develop these scripts into a high quality video and test the video at an equal opportunity training organization, such as DEOMI.

Descriptors :   *CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY), *BEHAVIOR, *MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, SCENARIOS, JOBS, EDUCATION, MATERIALS, ASSIMILATION, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, HUMAN RELATIONS, VERBAL BEHAVIOR, MILITARY LAW, ROLES(BEHAVIOR), CAUCASIANS, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, PUNISHMENT, EQUALIZATION, TRAINING FILMS, AFRICAN AMERICANS.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE