Longitudinal Study of Motivation-Oriented Personality Assessments of U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadets with Implications for Training and Counseling

Date of Submission


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Business Administration (MBA)




William Allen


United States Coast Guard Academy--Recruiting and Enlistment, Naval education

Call No. at the Univ. of New Haven Library

AS 36 .N29 Bus. Adm. 1975 no.4


In the non-academic training of cadets, the Coast Guard Academy has utilized techniques through the years which have been somewhat dependent upon the cadets' perception of the elements above, Le., if a cadet becomes less likely to respond to the basic appeal of maintaining an impeccable personal appearance as a norm of behavior, this effects, or should effect, the technique of training him. The question here is not whether these techniques have changed, however the important point is that in order to get a similar result from a different set of initial conditions, allowances must be made in the transformation process,, whatever it may be.

The suspected different condition in this case is the personality profile of the entering class; the transformation process is the training program over four years; the hoped-for result is a class of motivated ensigns assuming their place in the Coast Guard. It would be worthwhile to determine if the raw material is indeed changing or has changed, in what ways it has, and possible manners in which to deal with it.

The purpose of the study is to (1) determine if the entrants to the Coast Guard Academy have changed significantly over the years, and (2) suggest ways to alter the training program at the academy in order to improve the level of motivation and subsequent performance of cadets.