Military Environment Inventory


Author: Rudolf H. Moos

The Military Environment Inventory (MEI) provides an insightful look into the military environment and a means of pinpointing areas in need of change. It measures involvement, peer cohesion, officer support, personal status, order and organization, clarity, and officer control. As one of the Social Climate Scales, the primary uses of the Military Environment Inventory (MEI) include: describing military units; comparing the perceptions of officers, NCOs, and enlisted members; monitoring changes over time; contrasting different units; and performing other evaluations.

The MEI is available in three forms. Form R (Real) measures a individual's perception of the military environment; Form I (Ideal) measures the ideal military environment goals and values an individual holds; Form E (Expected) assesses an individual's military environment expectations. All three forms (R, I, and E) are included. Administration of a single form (R, I, or E) is counted as an administration, while administration of all three forms one time is counted as three administrations.

Copyright © 1986 by Rudolf H. Moos

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Features of the MEI

Purpose: Measure perceptions, expectations, and ideals of the military environment.

Length: 84 items

Average completion time: 15 minutes

Target population: Enlisted military members (Ages 18 and older).

Administration: For individual or group administration

Uses of the MEI

  • Program evaluation
  • Military environment research


Relationship Dimensions


Peer Cohesion

Officer Support

Personal Growth Dimension

Personal Status

Maintenance Dimensions

Order and Organization


Officer Control

Sample Items

The Real Form is the standard form which measures the social climate as it is. True or False:

1. Enlisted members put a lot of energy into what they do around here.TrueFalse
2. Enlisted members in this unit care about each other.TrueFalse
3. NCOs and officers go out of their way to help enlisted members.TrueFalse
4. Being in this unit helps a person to live up to his or her potential.TrueFalse

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