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Marines’ Perspectives on Various Aspects of Marine Corps Organizational Culture

Marine Corps Organizational Culture Research Project- Report to Personnel Studies and Oversight Office



military, Marine Corps, gender bias, inequality, equity, parity, leadership, cohesion, trust, humor


This document was the initial applied report from the Marine Corps Organizational Culture Research (MCOCR) Project. The MCOCR project was conducted between 2017 and 2020 by the Translational Research Group, a multidisciplinary social science research team at Marine Corps University. The project involved interviews and focus groups with 267 active duty U.S. Marines regarding various aspects of culture, but with an emphasis on gender bias, leadership, and cohesion. This particular report focused on early researcher insights related to online misconduct, leadership challenges, physicality discourses, perceptions of inequality, experiences of female Marines, hostile environments, decisions to leave military service or stay, and the roles of humor in cohesion and trust. 


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