Since 1969, the Department of Defense (DOD) has conducted large-scale surveys of military personnel at approximately two-year intervals. These surveys, administered across Services, have measured the attitudes of military personnel toward a number of DOD programs and policies. This Note describes the sampling plan and selection process that RAND developed for the administration of the 1978 DOD Survey of Officers and Enlisted Personnel. Recommendations are given for the development by the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps of a sampling capability that interfaces with central personnel files and a survey capability integrated into the personnel organizations of those Services — a system similar to that of the Air Force.
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