in this study will be new military recruits of the five services, ranging
in age from 17 to 28 years old.
study would use a 23-question survey as the primary instrument (see
Appendix A). The survey
includes semantic differential questions, nominal data questions, and
demographic questions asking age and education level.
survey probes the recruit for the reasons why he or she joined the
service, including family influence.
It also asks if he or she had seen any military-themed movies and
what level of influence those movies had upon the recruit's decision to
recruit, upon taking the oath of service, usually either in the recruiter
office or at the military entrance processing station, would complete the
survey. The retest would be
administered at the first duty station of each member (upon completion of
recruit training), ideally within the first four months of service.
Responses should be gathered from recruits from all five armed
study is survey-research based. A
survey would be used to have participants identify the reasons they joined
the armed services, specifically whether military-based movies influences
participants' decisions to enlist.
test-retest method would be used to ensure reliability in gathering the
survey data. The first test
would be the initial administering of the survey at Day 1 of service.
The second test would be the second administering of the survey
upon the recruits arrival at their first duty station (approx. four months
after joining the service); the second test would include an additional
survey question to account for additional influences: What
military-oriented movies have you seen since you joined the military?
The data would be compared to ensure recruits still believed that military-themed movies had an influence upon their decision to join, if such a belief was previously present. Descriptive statistics will be gathered from the surveys depicting which movies were viewed and whether the movies are an influencing factor in the enlistment decision-making process.