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Increasing a sense of community in the military [electronic resource] : the role of personnel support programs / Colette van Laar.

By: Van Laar, Colette.
Contributor(s): National Defense Research Institute (U.S.) | United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 1999Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 68 p.) : ill.ISBN: 0585235058 (electronic bk.); 9780585235059 (electronic bk.); 9780833027474; 0833027476.Report number: Subject(s): Military social work | HISTORY -- Military -- General | Electronic books | Milit�ar | Gemeinschaftsgef�uhlGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Increasing a sense of community in the military.DDC classification: 355.1/0973 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction -- What Is Sense of Community? -- The Importance of Sense of Community -- How to Increase Sense of Community and Commitment -- Subgroups with Specific Sense of Community Concerns -- Four Kinds of Communities -- Studying Sense of Community in the Military -- Avoiding Possible Adverse Consequences of Increasing Sense of Community -- Conclusions.
Summary: A universally accepted definition of what a sense of community is remains elusive, but policymakers agree that increasing that sense has tangible benefits for the U.S. military in improvements to commitment, performance, retention, and readiness. This report examines the role of the Defense Department's personnel support programs and focuses on nine tools for increasing sense of community: group symbols, rewards and honors, common external threat, making military membership attractive, group size and individuality, personal influence, personal investment, contact and proximity, and group activities. The report also analyzes which groups would most benefit from programs to increase a sense of community and how to avoid pitfalls when attempting to increase that sense.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 57-68).

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Introduction -- What Is Sense of Community? -- The Importance of Sense of Community -- How to Increase Sense of Community and Commitment -- Subgroups with Specific Sense of Community Concerns -- Four Kinds of Communities -- Studying Sense of Community in the Military -- Avoiding Possible Adverse Consequences of Increasing Sense of Community -- Conclusions.

A universally accepted definition of what a sense of community is remains elusive, but policymakers agree that increasing that sense has tangible benefits for the U.S. military in improvements to commitment, performance, retention, and readiness. This report examines the role of the Defense Department's personnel support programs and focuses on nine tools for increasing sense of community: group symbols, rewards and honors, common external threat, making military membership attractive, group size and individuality, personal influence, personal investment, contact and proximity, and group activities. The report also analyzes which groups would most benefit from programs to increase a sense of community and how to avoid pitfalls when attempting to increase that sense.

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