What is it about?

We have shown the factors influencing army personnel's motivation to serve. Our findings have proposed two more parameters (perceived fairness and satisfaction with social benefits) to the existing body of literature. We have used our new survey data for 5,000 active-duty personnel to confirm the current and new motivation parameters in a non-western context.

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Why is it important?

This study is the first academic research that examines the extent and predictors of motivation to serve in the Turkish Armed Forces. We have introduced new variables to measure the motivation to serve. The prior research has lacked sizable active-duty samples and access to units beyond infantry. This study covered these problems. Also, its findings are invaluable in terms of showing the motivational atmosphere among military officers and NCOs just before the coup attempt that took place on July 15, 2016, in Turkey.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom I have had long-standing collaborations.

Louisiana State University

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This page is a summary of: What Factors Influenced Turkish Military Officers’ and NCOs’ Motivation to Serve Prior to the July 2016 Coup Attempt?, Armed Forces & Society, April 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0095327x19841663.
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