Effects of marital/dependency status on reenlistment behavior of second-term enlisted females.
Edwards, Laura Nell
Thomas, George W.
Kocher, Kathryn M.
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This thesis investigates the relationship of reenlistment decisions of second-term enlisted women in the military to their marital and dependent status, using individual-level data from the 1985 DoD Survey of Officer and Enlisted Personnel. Actual reenlistment status (December 1988) of each survey respondent was merged with the data set. Logit analysis was used to estimate the likelihood of a respondent choosing to reenlist given her set of individual characteristics. Separate logit models were estimated for the following groups of second-term personnel: single women without children, single women with children, married women without children, and married women with children. Certain variables affected all groups similarly (pay grade, minority status, perception of civilian job alternatives). Others exerted differential impact on subgroups (job satisfaction, traditionality of job). Results illustrated differential reenlistment behavior based upon the presence of children. Results may be used to target reenlistment incentives for specified marital/dependent status groups.
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