Continuation rates for staff noncommissioned officers, in a non-obligor status, serving in the selected Marine Corps Reserve
Hairston, Reginald L.
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This thesis examines factors that influence the retention of male Staff Noncommissioned Officers (SNCOs) in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve who have completed their six-year initial military obligation. Data were extracted from the Reserve Components Common Personnel Data System. Logit regression was used to measure the influence of various demographic and military variables on retention to 15 years and retention to 18 years. Models were developed to assess the probability of a Marine SNCO staying to 15 years of service and 18 years of service, respectively. The thesis identified four significant factors that influence retention in the 15 year model, and five significant factors in the 18 year model. In both models, single Marines with no dependents are more likely to separate from the Selected Reserves than married Marines with dependents. Staff Sergeants (E6) are more likely to separate from the Selected Reserves than Gunnery Sergeants (E7), while Master Sergeants/First Sergeants and Master Gunnery Sergeants/Sergeants Major are more likely to reach the 15 and 18 year milestones than E7s. Serving in a combat support occupational field proved to be a significant predictor in the 18 year model, but it was not useful in the 15 year model.
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