Date of Award

12-2019

Rights

© 2019 Renard Dominique

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Suzan Nelson

Second Advisor

Corinna Crafton

Third Advisor

Willie Joseph

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify factors of military policies that are counterproductive to III Marine Expeditionary Force’s (MEF) organizational readiness. The III MEF/Marine Corps Installation Pacific (MCIPAC) Liberty Regulations of Japan and Battalion Order (BnO) 11000.1C Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) Regulation are two governing policies to which Marines and Sailors attached to III MEF and MCIPAC commands are subjected. The following research questions were formulated utilizing the Zero-Defect Theory and the Theory of Humanism as a conceptual foundation: How does perception toward the III MEF/MCIPAC liberty and BEQ regulation influence personal acceptance and adherence to these policies; to what degree does the development of coping strategies affect personnel adherence toward the III MEF/MCIPAC liberty and BEQ regulation; what factor(s) contribute to personnel obeying guidelines set forth within the III MEF/MCIPAC liberty and BEQ regulation; what factor(s) contribute to personnel disobeying guidelines set forth within the III MEF/MCIPAC liberty and BEQ regulation; and what factor(s) contribute to improving the perception of the overall quality of life for service members? Twelve participants volunteered to partake in a structured interview concerning different aspects of life and living on Okinawa. The context of these questions encompassed aspects of their working environment, command culture and climate, subjective feelings toward the freedoms and living accommodations on Okinawa, and the effect(s) all combined condition have on their performance. The findings suggest the III MEF Liberty and BEQ regulation is linked to III MEF’s operational readiness; however, the application of these policies is part of a larger schematic that works with the environment, military culture, and psychosomatics to motivate human behavior. Overall, this study provides a blueprint to apply policies that are considered a cultural apparatus that is steeped in a values base system that is objective, promotes autonomy, and encourages self-actualization. Recommendations for further research include developing research questions that are specific to the research inquiry, adding a quantitative aspect to data collected, and garner a larger sample size reflective of the population.

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Ed.D. Dissertation

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