Accession Number : ADA324450

Title :   Understanding Attitudes about the Military Way of Life: Analysis of Longitudinal Data from the 1985 and 1992 DoD Surveys of Officers and Enlisted Personnel and Military Spouse.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 96-Apr 97,

Corporate Author : WESTAT INC ROCKVILLE MD

Personal Author(s) : Norris, Dwayne G. ; Lockman, Robert F. ; Maxfield, Betty D.

PDF Url : ADA324450

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 108

Abstract : A longitudinal data analysis of the 1985 and 1992 Surveys of Officers and Enlisted Personnel and Their Spouses was used to assess the perceptions and attitudes of respondents about various aspects of military life over time. The seven-year time span between the surveys represented a unique period in military history with the occurrence of such events as Operations Desert Shield/Storm, the extensive military drawdown, and the changing role of the military (e.g., peace keeping). The general research approach was to investigate the outcome variables in relationship to a broad range of predictors. Major findings of this study were: (a) the attitudes and opinions of active-duty military members remained stable at the aggregate level from 1985 to 1992; (b) active-duty military members in 1992 had much lower expectations of their chosen careers than did the active-duty military members surveyed in 1985; (c) expected total years of service was the best predictor of officers' career intentions; and (d) family readiness for deployment increased from 1985 to 1992.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), *MORALE, *PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), *LIVING STANDARDS, DATA PROCESSING, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY HISTORY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, PREDICTIONS, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, FAMILY MEMBERS, VARIABLES, CAREERS, SURVEYS, RESPONSE, ACTIVE DUTY, OFFICER PERSONNEL, LONGITUDE.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE