Economic Factors in Reserve Attrition

Prior Service Individuals in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve

by M. Susan Marquis, Sheila Nataraj Kirby

Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 1.1 MB

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

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback58 pages $25.00 $20.00 20% Web Discount

This report analyzes the separation decisions of prior-service reservists in the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard, the two components that recruit over 60 percent of all Selected Reserve prior-service accessions. The authors examine the effects of military compensation on attrition among prior-service reservists. They also investigate the ways separation patterns differ, depending on the personal characteristics of individuals. In successive sections, the report (1) reviews the conceptual model of attrition that guides the empirical work and specifies the hypotheses that are tested with the data; (2) discusses the data available for modeling attrition, and the methods of analysis; (3) describes the variation in length of service among prior-service enlistees as a function of selected characteristics; and (4) presents results from a multivariate analysis of attrition. The study suggests that the rate of military pay can significantly affect the length of service of prior-service personnel. However, demographic characteristics have a much larger influence on attrition than economic factors; targeted recruiting may be more effective in retaining personnel for longer terms than changing compensation policies.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation 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.