Research Problem: To determine the various values that may be contaminating the military’s communication and to describe the predominant levels of psychological existence.
Method: A sample of 280 National Guard battalion took part in this study. Data was collected through the use of a values test. Comparisons of the differing scores of demographic variables formed the bases of the conclusions drawn in the study.
Results: The results were highly significant at the .0001 level. The data indicate much support to the past research done in the field of Value System Analysis.
Conclusion: Value system differences indicate great potential for communication barriers to occur as individuals perform their tasks in the military environment. The tribalistic non-supervisor will have to be told specifically how to accomplish the task. The egocentric individual considers advice as an infringement upon his personal liberties. The existentialist would prefer to be allowed to perform in his own way. The conformist supervisor, however, will expect the tasks to be accomplished according to the rules.