Cover: Serving Away From Home

Serving Away From Home

How Deployments Influence Reenlistment

Published Apr 1, 2002

by James Hosek, Mark E. Totten

Download

Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
zip file 1.5 MB

The file(s) provided above are ZIP-formatted archives, which most modern systems can natively unpack. If your computer does not unpack the archive when you double-click it, you may need to use a separate decompression program such as UnZip.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback154 pages $20.00

How does deployment affect reenlistment? The authors look at this issue in wake of the high rate of military deployment throughout the 1990s and with the prospect that deployment will rise even more in the coming years. The research uses two models to analyze deployment and reenlistment: one focusing on the direct effect of deployment indicators on reenlistment, and the other looking at both the direct effect of deployment and its indirect effect through the rate of promotion. The authors found that reenlistment was higher among members who deployed compared with those who did not, and that sizeable increases in deployments, all hostile, appeared unlikely to reduce reenlistment. The research suggests that past deployment influences current reenlistment behavior because it enables members to learn about their preferences for deployment and about its frequency and duration, which may revise members' previously held, more-naive expectations.

The research described in this report was performed under the auspices of RAND's National Security Research Division.

This report is part of the RAND monograph report series. The monograph/report was a product of RAND from 1993 to 2003. RAND monograph/reports presented major research findings that addressed the challenges facing the public and private sectors. They included executive summaries, technical documentation, and synthesis pieces.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.