Indian Military Personality

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Personality of women and men naval officers: A comparative study Wendy Manuel* ABSTRACT This study sampled 70 women officers (WNOs) and 60 men officers (MNOs) of the Indian Navy to measure their personality traits and analyze gender differences in personality. The Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO PI-R) by Costa and McCrae (1992) was administered to assess differences between WNOs and MNOs on 5 domains of personality i.e. Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness as well as 6 facet scales that define each domain. Results show no gender difference in personality traits of women and men officers of the Indian Navy. This may be due to uniform selection procedures of the Armed Forces or specialized training and…show more content…
doctors and nurses, until the year 1992, when they were inducted as regular officers. The Chief of Army Staff, General S.F. Rodrigues announced on 15th January 1991 that the Army would open its doors to women, similar announcements by the Air force and the Navy soon followed. Women are commissioned only as officers and are excluded from combat. Many branches and paths to command are closed to women because of this exclusion. Moreover women served for a maximum of 14 years on a Short Service Commission and had to look for a second career thereafter. However changes continue to take place, on March, 12, 2010 the Delhi High court directed the government to grant Permanent Commission to interested women officers of the Armed Forces who are presently serving under short service commission. The court however turned down the plea for allowing women in combat operations. Women have entered this tough profession often described as one for, “The physically fit and the mentally strong”, the question often asked is whether those women who join this male dominated profession have particular personality traits, and whether there are gender differences in personality traits of women and men who join the Armed…show more content…
O4: Actions: Willingness to try different activities, novel experiences. O5: Ideas: Intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness and a willingness to consider new ideas. O6: Values: The readiness to reexamine social, political and religious values. Agreeableness: (A): The agreeable person is altruistic, sympathetic to others and eager to help them. A1: Trust: The belief that others are honest and well intentioned. A2: Straightforwardness: The tendency to be frank, sincere, and ingenuous. A3: Altruism: Concern for other’s welfare, generosity, willingness to help. A4: Compliance: The tendency to defer to others, to forgive and forget. A5: Modesty: The tendency to be humble, self-effacing, though not lacking in self-esteem. A6: Tender-mindedness: The tendency to show sympathy and concern for others. Conscientiousness (C): High scorers are scrupulous, punctual and reliable. They have high impulse control, are strong-willed and determined. C1: Competence: High scorers feel they are capable, sensible, prudent and effective. C2: Order: High scorers are neat, tidy and well organized. C3: Dutifulness: High scorers are governed by

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