Perceived effectiveness of current military retirement alternatives
Keller, William Cotesworth
Kelleher, E.P., Jr.
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This thesis develops and evaluates a methodology designed to quantify perceptions of alternative military retirement plans and components of retirement systems. The technique consists of factoring retirement proposals into common characteristics, surveying a sample of the military population, asking them to rank and weight characteristic importance and score how each plan fulfills each characteristic, and computing a relative weighted preference for each plan. Based on successful demonstration of this methodology using a sample of mili tary officer students at the Naval Postgraduate School, it is recommended that this method be expanded to a sample of the entire military population. In view of the recent criticism alleging inefficiency and expensiveness of the existing system, the results of such an effort could be useful to the effectiveness portion of a systematic analysis aimed at choosing among alternative retirement systems.
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