The Effect of Voluntary Financial Incentives on Separation Rates for Mid-Career Military Personnel

by Beth J. Asch, John T. Warner

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This research brief describes work documented in An Examination of the Effects of Voluntary Separation Incentives (MR-859-OSD).

Excerpt: A newly published RAND study, An Examination of the Effects of Voluntary Separation Incentives, found that the VSI/SSB program doubled the number of separations that would otherwise have been expected. Moreover, lower-quality personnel were more likely than high-quality personnel to accept the VSI/SSB offer, and the program doubled the separation probability among this group. These results have implications for the establishment of a permanent separation-pay program for military personnel.

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