Determinants of Post-Training Attrition in the Army and Air Force

by Richard Buddin

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Develops a multivariate model describing the effects of individual background characteristics, duty location assignments, career turbulence, and military occupational assignments on post-training enlisted male attrition in the Army and Air Force. The research suggests that military occupation and duty location are significantly correlated with post-training attrition, after controlling for individual characteristics. The role of turbulence cannot be distinguished with current turbulence measures. Among individual characteristics, high school graduates have much lower attrition than nongraduates in all service occupational areas. Attrition does not vary significantly with mental test category, after controlling for other background and service experiences. Participation in a delayed entry program prior to entering the military reduces substantially the likelihood of post-training attrition.

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