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.

  • Marines with Marine Corps Recruiting Command march in the cake for the 246th Marine Corps birthday at the Clubs of Quantico, Virginia, November 4, 2021, photo by Lance Cpl. Jennifer Sanchez/U.S. Marine Corps

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    How the Pandemic Affected Military Recruitment and Retention

    Jan 18, 2022

    Military recruiting and retention activities are typically conducted in person, but with COVID-19–related stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements, the armed services had to quickly adapt their policies and procedures or risk missing their end strength objectives.

  • U.S Marines static line jump from a KC-130J Hercules over Drop Zone Basilone on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., December 10, 2020, photo by Lance Cpl. Drake Nickels/U.S. Marine Corps

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    How Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Affect Separation from the U.S. Military

    Feb 8, 2021

    Exposure to sexual assault doubles the odds that a service member will separate from the military within 28 months. Those who are sexually harassed also have a higher risk of separation. In addition to the psychological and physical effects on the service member, this is costly for the services and harms military readiness.

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    Analysis of Early Military Attrition Behavior

    Analyzes the influence of preservice experiences and initial military job match on military attrition of first-term enlisted males during their first six months of service (early attrition).

    Dec 31, 1983

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    Optimal Wage Rates and Force Composition in Military Manpower Planning.

    A mathematical model of a military manpower system is presented which seeks to determine the optimal steady state wage rate and force distribution by length of service. Accessions and retention are the transition parameters of a steady state manpowe...

    Jan 1, 1974

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    Some Analytical Techniques for Personnel Planning

    An application of operations analysis to the determining of the retention rate, for a force of airmen in an Air Force service code, which has the best possible qualities on the average over the next 5 years.

    Mar 14, 1960

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    A Concept of Stability in Manpower Planning

    An attempt to predict future skill composition by devising a method for computing stable skill distributions for an extremely simple model.

    Sep 27, 1957

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    Should the Military Pay for Training of Skilled Personnel?

    Noted American economist Gary S. Becker develops the concepts of transferable and nontransferable on-the-job training, representing the first step toward his theory of human capital and the study of worker-firm relationships.

    Aug 15, 1957

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    John S. Crown

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    Hannah Acheson-Field

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    Beth J. Asch

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    John A. Ausink

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    Education Ph.D. in public policy, Harvard University; M.S. in mathematics, Oxford University; B.S. in mathematics and physics, U.S. Air Force Academy

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    John B. Halstead

    Senior Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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    Michael L. Hansen

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, Boston College; B.A. in economics, Kalamazoo College

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    Lisa M. Harrington

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in operations research, Air Force Institute of Technology; M.S. in national security strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces; B.S. in mathematics, Michigan Technological Univ

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    James Hosek

    Adjunct Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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    Kirsten M. Keller

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    Nelson Lim

    Director, Workforce, Development, and Health Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Molly F. McIntosh

    Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center; Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Princeton University; M.A. in economics, Princeton University; B.A. in economics, UC Berkeley

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    Bruce R. Orvis

    Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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    Leslie Adrienne Payne

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    Ellen M. Pint

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economic analysis and policy, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University