ERIC Number: ED098480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Discrimination in Non-Judicial Punishment. Technical Report No. 74-22.
Thomas, Patricia J.; And Others
Nonjudicial punishment is frequently the target of racial discrimination in the military because of the discretion permitted those reporting and disciplining violators. This study seeks to determine: (1) whether existing records indicate that nonjudicial punishment is administered without regard to race; and (2) whether blacks and whites perceive discrimination in discipline, job assignments, and opportunity for advancement. A pair of chief personnel-men, one black, one white, boarded over 70 ships on the east and west coasts to search disciplinary records for data and to administer an attitude questionnaire to 324 sets of personnel. Conclusions from the study revealed no significant differences in the treatment of blacks and whites for whom reports were filed. The authors acknowledge that this does not mean that equality of treatment has been established, since there is no way of knowing the number of offenders of each race who were not put on record or were disciplined by their division officers. The item responses and the written comments revealed that, regardless of the data in ships' records, blacks believed they were being discriminated against in the areas of job assignments, discipline, and recommendations for advancement. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Naval Personnel and Training Research Lab., San Diego, CA.