Date of Award
Master of Arts
William E. Walker
This study looked at similarities and differences between those students who take ROTC at the college level and those who do not. Two hundred sixteen male students at the University of Richmond who had taken the Omnibus Personality Inventory as a freshmen completed a 26-item questionnaire concerning their family economic levels, homes, and past and present school situations. One hundred of the students were past or present ROTC students, while the remainder students have never taken a ROTC course at the college level. A contingency analysis was run on the questionnaire answers and it was found that ROTC students earn more athletic awards in high school and report lower college grade point averages. A discriminant analysis was run on the OPI results and it was found that ROTC students score significantly higher on the Social Extroversion and Impulse Expression scales, while they score lower on the Theoretical Orientation scale. All of which indicated that there are differences between ROTC students and non-ROTC students suggesting that with further research a screening tool for ROTC enrollments officers could be developed.
Pieffer, Mark A., "ROTC vs Non-ROTC students: Demographic, attitudes, behavior, and personality differences" (1981). Master's Theses. 858.