Accession Number : ADA311372

Title :   American Society versus U.S. Army Values: Direction of Society's Values and Implications for the 21st Century Army.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Youngquisr, James H.

PDF Url : ADA311372

Report Date : MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : This paper examines the values of youth in today's American society, how they compare with Army values, and implications for the 21st century Army. Several sources across the spectrum are examined to ensure accuracy of the composite value system of today's youth. First, the values of today's youth are established. This is done in two stages. Initially, the five major influencers of youth's values are examined with their impact. Then, current youth conduct and attitudes are explored in the areas of priorities, violence, lying and cheating, substance use, sex and bearing children, health and education. Second, these values are contrasted with Army values. Finally, implications and courses of action are explored. The Army of the 21st century must maintain high quality standards for accessions. Educational achievements are slowly improving as science and math scores improve and dropout rates decrease. But, as this paper shows, the values of youth are in serious trouble. Insurmountable evidence shows a deterioration of values, a growing hole in the moral ozone. Possible initiatives and courses of action for the Army are provided.

Descriptors :   *SOCIETIES, *ARMY PERSONNEL, *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), EDUCATION, HEALTH, ACCURACY, STANDARDS, MATHEMATICS, ETHICS, VALUE, DETERIORATION, OZONE, SCORING, CHILDREN, SEX, ACHIEVEMENT TESTS, YOUTH.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE