A Quantitative Analysis of Factors Affecting Retention of Female Aviators in U.S. Naval Aviation
Schmidt, John K.
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This study builds upon past research involving turnover among military women to develop a statistical model for active duty Female Naval Aviator (FNA) retention. A data set from Defense Manpower Data Center, which included FNAs from year groups 1989 to 1998 was analyzed to determine the impact of organizational, career, and personal factors on retention. Review of pertinent literature revealed that personal, organizational and job factors unique to a FNA might have some impact on the retention decision. A logistical regression analysis determined that both number of dependents and age were statistically significant in predicting whether a FNA would stay in or leave active duty operational naval aviation (ADONA). The findings of this study could indicate that FNAs who desire to have children leave ADONA status earlier. Successful implementation of a continuous survey tool, such as the previous ARGUS survey, could better determine the true reasons behind a service members choice to leave the Navy. .
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