SERVICE MEMBER COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS COMMUNICATION—COULD THE GRASS NOT BE GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE?
Perez, Marc A.
Jansen, Mark C.
Menichini, Amilcar A.
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Compensation systems, including cash payments and benefits, play an essential role in recruiting and retaining talents in both the private and public sectors; we argue that due to the complexity of the benefits systems, as well as a lack of communication, many military service members are not aware of the overall worth of their pay, allowances, benefits, and tax breaks. In several instances, military benefits are often much greater than those of civilian counterparts, yet many service members remain dissatisfied and misinformed regarding compensation packages and benefits. A comprehensive communication and education overhaul must be implemented in order to quell a growing culture of dissatisfaction and misunderstanding among service members facing the decision to extend their military career or terminate service. In an increasingly competitive economic environment, improvements in communication efforts regarding compensation and benefits will allow service members to make better-informed decisions and may ultimately contribute to improvements in Department of Defense retention efforts.
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