Unit cohesion and the Navy: does cohesion affect performance?
Dropp, Anthony Henry
Elster, Richard S.
Eitelberg, Mark J.
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This study was undertaken to discover whether unit cohesion is systematically related to unit effectiveness in a Navy context. To this end, correlation analysis was conducted on personnel turnover rates and several measure of effectiveness (MOE) variables from various tests and inspections on ships in the Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The MOE variables included retention rates, Supply Management Assessment scores, Maintenance and Material Management (3M) Inspection scores, Training Readiness Evaluations, and Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) scores. The results showed few statistically significant relationships between the turnover and MOE variables. Recommendations are offered for further study on unit cohesion and its possible relationship to unit effectiveness.
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