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Whether or not the gender of a potential buddy in hypothetical military scenarios influenced the participant’s decision was assessed. The 25 participants were divided in three groups: one control group, and two experimental groups. The participants were given a role-playing packet with eight scenarios. After each scenario, the participant was asked to choose an option for a buddy to accompany the participant. Four buddy options were given, each ranging in degrees of Relevant Skill or Knowledge, Relevant Experience, and Attitude towards Task. The experimental groups were also given a fourth variable of Gender Identity; where female participants had transgender or non-transgender female buddy options, and male participants had transgender or non-transgender male buddy options. Multiple Regression revealed significance in predicting whether the idealness rating given by the participant would predict which buddy option was chosen. ANOVAs did not reveal significant differences between all groups by gender of the buddy option and idealness rating given, but LSD Post HOC showed significance between Female Experimental and Control groups, suggesting that idealness ratings were not different except if the buddy option had a female gender.

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