Recommendations for enhancing the motivation of Petty Officers in the Turkish and the United States Navies

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Authors
Celik, Suleyman.
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Lee Edwards.
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1999-06
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June, 1999
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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en_US
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The missions and roles of the Turkish Navy have changed because of changing world conditions over the last fifteen years. The frequency and length of deployments and missions have increased, while pay level has decreased. The new frigates with complex technology introduced into the fleet recently have required a more knowledgeable and skillful work force, including petty officers. As petty officers have become more competent and knowledgeable, their needs for recognition, choice, and meaningfulness, as well as their needs for rewards and benefits, also have increased. As a result of all these changes, Turkish petty officers seemed to have become less motivated. The U.S. Navy has faced similar difficulties over the last twenty years. A 1993 military personnel research study in the U.S. revealed that keeping capable and energetic personnel in the service is going to become even more difficult in the future, as petty officers expect their work and quality of life to improve and as civilian employment alternatives become more appealing Ref. 2. This thesis examines the factors, extrinsic and intrinsic, that motivate and demotivate petty officers in the Turkish and U.S. Navies. The study utilizes a survey questionnaire to determine common areas of concern and recommends, accordingly, ways to increase or maintain the motivation of petty officers in the Turkish and U.S. Navies.
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xiv, 86 p.;28 cm.
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