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The Effect of Instructor Experience on the Motivation of Aspiring NCOs Within Military Training

Beukers, Annemarie (2023) The Effect of Instructor Experience on the Motivation of Aspiring NCOs Within Military Training.

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Abstract:Introduction: Motivation is essential when individuals want to succeed in their military training. This study tested whether the level of experience of the instruction team positively affects aspiring NCOs’ motivation to pass their initial military training program. The expectation is that psychological safety, social cohesion and rapport in this relationship act as mediators and explain the relationship between instructor experience and motivation. Methods: Psychological safety, social cohesion, rapport, and motivation are questioned in a 62-item questionnaire. In addition, the study used three open-ended questions to further clarify group motivation, instructor motivation, and estimated reasons for dropping out of training. Results: The level of instruction experience within the platoons is not a predictor of the NCOs’ motivation to pass their training. Nevertheless, even though psychological safety has no mediating function in the equation, psychological safety, social cohesion and rapport do significantly affect motivation. Moreover, these components all correlate positively with each other. Furthermore, the results of the open questions indicate that although instructor experience is not a significant predictor of motivation, the instructor's role in staying motivated is a crucial factor. The answers demonstrate the importance of the instructor building rapport between them and the aspiring NCO, creating social cohesion and providing a psychologically safe educational environment. Discussion: The instructor is one of the most important influencers of military training despite this research demonstrating that instructor experience does not affect motivation. Nevertheless, when creating rapport to establish a psychologically safe environment in which aspiring NCOs personally and professionally grow and in which the trainee can bond with their group, motivation increases to pass the course.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Dutch Ministry of Defence
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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