Pre-Military Training - Young People 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig
Publication Date
  • Zentralinstitut fuer Jugendforschung, Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • GESIS (Distributor)
  • GESIS (Hosting Institution)
  • ZA:
    • Armed Forces, Defense, Military Affairs
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Political ideology
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
political attitude; political ideology; East-West relations; cold war; defense; curriculum subject; military service
  • Abstract

    Attitude to the GDR, valuations on international policy, the international balance of power and military organizations, stand on defense preparedness and military service, participation in pre-military training. Topics: Goals in life such as high achievements, travels, making an effort for socialism and peace, having money, leading a pleasant life and founding a family; attitude to the victory of socialism; solidarity with the GDR; attitude to the Soviet Union and its army, the Marxist-Leninist world view; evaluation of the connection of imperialism and war or socialism and peace; constructing socialist society in the GDR; significance of the Geneva negotiations about nuclear and space weapons; membership in mass organizations, SED; possibility of preventing a war through peace forces; evaluation of aggressiveness of imperialist states (scale); evaluation of policies of the FRG government; assessment of the character of the Federal German Armed Forces and of the readiness of the soldiers of the Federal German Armed Forces to shoot; assessment of the balance of power between imperialism and socialism; willingness to defend the GDR and reasons for or against this (scale); attitude to military service; preferred period of service: basic military service or serving longer; reasons for preference of basic military service or longer service (scale); stand of girl friend on decision to serve longer; expected effects of military service on personal development (scale); expected difficulties in military service such as observance of order and discipline, adaptation, physical and mental demands (scale); preference of an active or passive stand as soldier; influence of planets on character and fate of people; knowledge of terms of foreign policy such as peaceful co-existence, star wars; knowledge of political personalities; interest in politics; frequency of use of GDR and FRG media for political information and preferred position; frequency of reading daily newspapers for political information; participation in social activities in FDJ, MMM and innovator movement, GST, peace events (scale); assessment of FDJ work in training unit; acceptance of a personal task for the realization of the battle program of the FDJ collective; attitude to pre-military training; forms of pre-military training completed (scale); personal training direction in GST and preparation for this; interest in military policy schooling; activity and characteristic of personality characteristics of GST instructor (scale); characteristic of personality characteristics of comrades in training collective (scale); presence of relatives or acquaintances in the FRG/West Berlin; self-assessment of efforts in pre-military training and reasons for this (scale); self-assessment of physical ability; training results (scale); firing of KK-MPi in GST training or in military instruction at the POS; result in practical firing; personal effort in physical training; achievement demands of pre-military training (scale); acceptance of a personal obligation in preparation of the XI. Party Convention of the SED; type and effectiveness of military policy schooling (scale); assessment of personal readiness for discussion; frequency of reading topic magazines (scale); knowledge about achievement conditions for the best badge of the GST; personal obligation to achieve the best badge; evaluation of schooling and living conditions in training camp of pre-military training (scale); understanding for externally conspicuous young people; necessity of general participation in GST paramilitary; personal participation or future preferred paramilitary forms; reasons for participation in GST paramilitary (scale); current functions in GST paramilitary; assessment of various sides of training and organization of GST paramilitary (scale); possession of achievement badge of the GST paramilitary; personality characteristic of paramilitary exercise leader (scale); frequency of meeting the paramilitary collective and frequency of personal participation; frequency of participation in paramilitary competitions (scale); world view; frequency of participation in FDJ study year; membership in social organizations (scale); possession of sports certificate of the GDR; military training or activity of father; year of completing pre-military training; current friendship or partnership; functions in pre-military training; presence of a mentor or caregiver in training; self-assessment of achievements in vocational training; school degree.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1985-06 / 1985-09
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
    GDR: districts Berlin, Cottbus, Erfurt, Gera, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Neubrandenburg and Potsdam
Sampled Universe
Participants in pre-military training: apprentices in the 1st and 2nd apprentice year, schoolchildren in the 10th and 11th grade of extended secondary school.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
  • Written survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1736
    Number of Variables: 273
Further studies on defense preparedness and pre-military training are archived under ZA Study Nos. 6110 (1981), 6111 (1985), 6112 (1985).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6113 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Roski, G.: Jugendliche zum bevorstehenden Dienst in der Nationalen Volksarmee. Auswertung einer offenen Frage aus der GST-internen Untersuchung des ZIJ in Vorbereitung des VIII. Kongresses der GST. Leipzig 1986. ZIJ: F 86/25.
  • Förster, P.: Bereit und fähig zur Verteidigung des Sozialismus: Teilnehmer an der vormilitärischen Ausbildung. Forschungsbericht. Leipzig 1986. ZIJ: F 86/28.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22