Military retention: a holistic approach to understanding officer separation in the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal community

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Authors
Gutierrez, Mark D.
Subjects
military retention
explosive ordnance disposal
officer retention
Advisors
Everton, Sean
Date of Issue
2016-12
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Dec-16
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis explores and identifies trends in officer separation within the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer community. It blends analyses of a survey conducted on active duty EOD officers with interviews of former EOD officers to better understand why the community struggles to meet manning requirements at the eight-to ten-year mark. Analysis of the data indicates that family stability, leadership, military bureaucracy, and limited operational time each are factors in the community's retention problem. Of those, this thesis proposes that leadership focus on a factor it can influence— operational time. In particular, it proposes that longer tours and extending operational time for junior officers may mitigate officer separation.
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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