Military Personnel Retention

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The retention of qualified military personnel—enlisted forces as well as officers—is essential to preserving morale and unit readiness and to avoiding the costs associated with training replacement personnel in essential skills. By examining issues from PERSTEMPO and the effects of multiple deployments to family readiness and child care, RAND research supports military leaders' efforts to monitor and successfully maintain an optimal force structure.

  • Soldiers with U.S. Army Cyber Command take part in network defense training

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    How the Army Can Retain Its Cyber Expertise

    Sep 18, 2017

    Projected earnings for information security analysts with characteristics similar to those of enlisted soldiers are comparable with military pay. But retention efforts may be hampered by soldiers' perceptions of civilian opportunities.

  • U.S. Air Force pilots conduct pre-flight checklists at Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, November 4, 2014

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    Commercial Airlines May Siphon Pilots From U.S. Air Force

    Jul 12, 2016

    The commercial airline industry will continue hiring more pilots to replace its aging workforce, causing more U.S. Air Force aviators to leave the service. Pilot pay is increasing in the commercial sector while Air Force aviator and retention pay are now discretionary programs under DoD guidelines.

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