Accession Number : ADA313143

Title :   Responsibility, Morale, and Commitment during Military Operations.

Descriptive Note : Research rept. no. 24,

Corporate Author : ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT EUROPE

Personal Author(s) : Britt, Thomas W.

PDF Url : ADA313143

Report Date : 30 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : The 'Triangle Model of Responsibility' is a general model of responsibility and self-engagement that provides a framework for service member responsibility and commitment in diverse missions. The model suggests the following factors as promoting strong feelings of responsibility, commitment, and morale during deployments: Rule Clarity (a clear set of rules details what is required for superior performance), Mission Relevance (the soldier views the mission as relevant to his or her training), Personal Control (The soldier has personal control over his or her behavior on the mission, performing out of a desire to do well as opposed to simply following orders), Mission Importance (the soldier views the mission as something that is important and worthwhile). Research is summarized showing that responsibility, commitment, and morale are a direct function of the strength of these factors. As each factor is reduced, responsibility, commitment, and morale decrease. That is, responsibility, morale, and commitment are greatest when the rules for performance are clear, the soldier perceives the rules as relevant to training, the soldier exercises personal control over the event, and the soldier believes in the importance of the mission. Recommendations for leader actions to improve responsibility, commitment, and morale are provided.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MORALE, *BEHAVIOR, DEPLOYMENT, LEADERSHIP, ARMY PERSONNEL, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), MISSIONS.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE