An Exploratory Study of Public Service Motivation and the Institutional–Occupational Model of the Military Article (Web of Science)


  • This article empirically connects Moskos’ Institutional–Occupational model to the large body of cross-nationally validated research on public service motivation (PSM). We find that in our sample, the PSM construct is positively correlated with institutional motivations that reflect Moskos’ insights. We also find evidence that the four dimensions of PSM (Attraction to Public Participation, Commitment to Public Values, Self-sacrifice, and Compassion) may offer a more nuanced way to assess institutional motivations. Our research suggests that those interested in military recruitment/retention/performance and public administration scholars may have much to learn from each other. We call for further research in this area.


  • Taylor, Jami K
  • Clerkin, Richard M.
  • Ngaruiya, Katherine M.
  • Velez, Anne-Lise Knox

publication date

  • 2015

published in

number of pages

  • 20

start page

  • 142

end page

  • 162


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