Cover: A Policy Analysis of Alternative Military Retirement Systems

A Policy Analysis of Alternative Military Retirement Systems

Published 1994

by Beth J. Asch, John T. Warner


Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 3.5 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback159 pages $15.00

Summarizes the authors' previously developed theoretical model of compensation in a large, hierarchical organization like the military that permits an analysis of the issues surrounding the design of military compensation. Presents an empirical version of that model and uses it to evaluate the current and alternative military retirement systems in terms of their implications for force structure, cost, and productivity (i.e., personnel effort and ability sorting); the implications for the current military compensation system, and the implications of several proposals (including several of the authors' own design) that change the structure of the military retirement system. The authors estimate that under certain circumstances the proposed systems would permit the Department of Defense to maintain forces at least as capable as today's at no higher cost.

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

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.