An analysis of the effect of Surface Warfare Officer Continuation Pay (SWOCP) on the retention of quality officers
Lorio, Jennifer L.
Buttrey, Samuel E.
Kline, Jeffrey E.
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The quality of officers serving in department head afloat billets influences the combat effectiveness of a ship. SWOCP was established to retain more quality officers in the department head ranks. This thesis addresses quality as a quantitative value that is a function of an individualâ s FITREPs and a time decay factor. A statistical study of the data showed no significant effect of SWOCP on the quality of officers retained. The bonus also had no significant influence on an officerâ s downstream performance. Based on these conclusions it appears that SWOCP has served as primarily a retention tool for quantity rather than quality.
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