Military Personnel Retention


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.

  • Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Duffy, a boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Golden Gate in San Francisco, drives a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat near the Golden Gate Bridge, February 8, 2018, photo by PO3 Sarah Wi/U.S. Coast Guard

    Research Brief

    Why Do Women Leave the Coast Guard, and What Could Encourage Them to Stay?

    Mar 29, 2019

    Women leave the Coast Guard at higher rates than men. Focus groups raised concerns about work environment, career issues, and personal life matters. More inclusive personnel policies could help the Coast Guard address these concerns and retain more women.

  • Pilots from the 388th Fighter Wing's 4th Fighter Squadron participating in Red Flag 19-1 at Nellis AFB, Nevada, January 31, 2019, photo by R. Nial Bradshaw/U.S. Air Force


    Is It More Cost-Effective to Retain Pilots or Train New Ones?

    Mar 27, 2019

    Instead of relying on retaining its current pilots, the U.S. Air Force could hypothetically find and train new ones. But expanding the pilot training pipeline is costly. What is the best way for the Air Force to allocate its resources and sustain its number of pilots?

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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 26, 1957

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    Hannah Acheson-Field

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in computational biology (computer science), Brown University

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    John A. Ausink

    Senior Policy Researcher
    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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    Brandon Crosby

    Associate Behavioral Scientist
    Education M.S. in organizational science, University of Maryland; B.A. in psychology, Morehouse College; Ph.D. in organizational psychology, University of Maryland

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    John S. Crown

    Senior Management Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in statistics, Texas A&M University

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    Nelson Lim

    Senior Sociologist; 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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    Kirsten M. Keller

    Senior Behavioral Scientist; Associate Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Maryland; M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Maryland; B.A. in psychology, Franklin and Marshall College

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    Katherine L. Kidder

    Associate Political Scientist
    Education MA in security studies, Kansas State University; BS in history, Kansas State University

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    John B. Halstead

    Senior Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in systems and information engineering, University of Virginia; M.S.S. in strategic studies, Army War College; M.S. in operations research, Kansas State University; B.S in mathematics of operations research, United States Military Academy

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    Michael L. Hansen

    Associate Director, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, Boston College; B.A. in economics, Kalamazoo College

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    James Hosek

    Adjunct Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, University of Chicago; B.A. in English, Cornell University

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    Bruce R. Orvis

    Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology, University of California, Los Angeles; A.B. in psychology, University of Rochester

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    Leslie Adrienne Payne

    Senior Defense Analyst
    Education M.A. in security policy studies, The George Washington University; M.A. in international political theory, The New School for Social Research; B.A. in cultural anthropology, Howard University

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    Ellen M. Pint

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