Military compensation alternatives for retention of officers in the Republic of Korea Army.
Kim, Chang Hwan
McGonigal, Richard A.
Eitelberg, Mark J.
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This research examines the current compensation policies of the Republic of Korea Army with a view toward identifying and recommending the most appropriate compensation policies for recruitment and retention of high quality officers. The Republic of Korea Army is sustained largely by the loyalty and patriotism of its members. However, several changes in the economic environment have tended to make military service a less attractive career alternative for young men. Today, the ROK Army faces several problems that are relative to inefficient manpower management. Two separate surveys were utilized in an attempt to determine the attitudes of ROK Army officers relative to compensation policies. The most significant finding of both surveys is that certain changes in the compensation policies could have a positive influence on the recruitment and retention of high quality officers. Specific policy changes that are suggested by the surveys are improvement of pay compensation, focusing on increasing initial pay of junior officers and a special allowance for typical military job conditions, and improvement of current promotion and retirement systems for enhancing job security.
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