U.S. Navy's Delayed Entry Program : effects of its length on DEP loss and first term attrition
Matos, Rafael E.
Larson, Harold J.
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The United States Navy Recruiting Command (NAVCRUITCOM) manages the Navy's most important procurement process, the acquisition of personnel to man all Navy activities. In this process, NAVCRUITCOM policies allow potential recruits to delay their accession date for up to 365 days from the time the recruiting contract is signed through the Delayed Entry Program (DEP). One of the major disadvantages of the DEP is that an individual may decide not to enlist, becoming a 'DEP Loss'. This study investigates the relationship between the time an individual spends in DEP and the risk of becoming a DEP loss or leaving the service during the first two years of enlistment; log-linear regression models are discussed and recommendations are made using conditional probabilities. It was found that, on the average, DEP attrition is directly proportional to the length of DEP, while first term attrition decreases with DEP length for DEP time of eight months or less. The time an individual spends in the DEP has a larger effect on attrition during the DEP itself than it does on attrition after the contract accesses. It was also found that Non-High School Graduate males have the highest attrition proportions after completing DEP than any other group
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