A comparative analysis of factors affecting the career orientation of Naval officers and federal civilian engineers
Lindner, Thomas Edward
Davis, Mark Edward
Roberts, Benjamin J.
Thomas, Kenneth W.
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This thesis examines factors that affect the career orientation of United States Navy Surface Warfare and Submarine designated officers and federally employed civilian engineers and scientists at the Naval Avionics Center. Biodemographic, tenure, satisfaction, and expectations-related variables were tested for correlation with intent to remain in the organization for the period of service corresponding to the derived definition of "career." The results were used to construct models for each of the above sample groups and the Logit regression procedure was used to measure the impact of each retained variable on career intent. Data for the military samples were taken from the 1985 POD Survey . Data for the Naval Avionics Center sample were collected using a survey designed and administered by the authors. The thesis identifies different behavior patterns between the three samples. Additionally the thesis provides insight as to the relative and comparative impacts of the factors deemed significant and their potential influence on retention policy.
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