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    The e-mail survey produced 258 responses. The Internet was found to be the most used and relied on medium for obtaining military news and information, but it has not replaced broadcast and print mediums. The Internet was the medium 60.7% of respondents used most to get their military news (Figure 5). Also, 66.9% of respondents reported they relied on the Internet, more than on television, radio, or newspapers, to get their military news (Figure 6). When asked which medium was the most informative, again the Internet had the highest number of responses with 67% (Figure 7). Newspapers came in second with 25.7%, and radio and television with 3.1% and 3.5% respectively (Figure 7).

    Differences within services were also found. The Army respondents were split 55.6% to 44.4% between newspapers and the Web, respectively, as the most informative military source for military news. Ranking within the Air Force respondents was similar, 36.1% and 57.1% respectively. The Navy heavily favored the Web, at 93.7%, as did the Marines with 85%. The Coast Guard respondents favored the Web by 57.9% with newspapers and radio second, both with 15.8%, and television at 10.5%. The gender, age, rank, and location of respondents did not reflect significant differences in the choice of one medium over another.

    Most military members were found to read base papers weekly, 72.8%. Approximately 80% of servicemembers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard read the paper weekly. However, only 40.5% of Marine participants reported reading the newspaper on a weekly basis.

    Listening to the radio was more popular with the Navy with 58.7% of the Navy respondents indicating they listened daily. Air Force respondents made up 42.9% of those who listen daily, followed by the Army with 2.9% and the Marines with 1.4%. A military radio station was not available to 77.8% of the Army, 42.3% of the Navy, 59.2% of the Air Force, 60.0% of the Marines, and 94.7% of the Coast Guard respondents.

    Responses from the Navy and the Air Force indicated that they watch television more often than the other services. Of those who watch daily, 55.2% are Navy, 41.4% Air Force, and 3.4% Army. The Marines and the Coast Guard reported not watching television on a daily basis. Ten percent of the Marine respondents reported watching television weekly, 15% monthly, and 40% responded they never watch television. Military television stations were not available to 55.6% of Army respondents, 34.9% Navy, 28.6% Air Force, 35% Marines, and 94.7% of the Coast Guard.

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