Retention of first-term and second-term Marine Corps enlisted personnel
Kerr, Sean A
Thomas, George W.
Kocher, Kathyrn M.
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The purpose of this thesis was to investigate the factors affecting the retention behavior of first term and second term Marine Corps enlisted members. Data were extracted from the 1992 DoD Survey of Officer and Enlisted Personnel and their Spouses and were matched with the respondents' 1996 status from the Active Duty Military Master and Loss File by the Defense Manpower Data Center. The sample was restricted to Marines with between two and ten years-of- service who had less than two years remailing on their enlistment contract and was further stratified by term of enlistment and gender. A complete conceptual model was developed which incorporated individual and organizational factors affecting retention. Four categories of determinants of turnover were used: Demographic, Military Experience, Cognitive and External. Logistic regression was used to measure the relative importance of a broad range of these factors for the retention decision. Results indicated that the factors affecting retention differ across term of service and by gender. No single factor was significant for all gender/term of service samples. Some factors were significant only for a particular term of service. Others were significant only by gender and many were significant only for a single sample. The specific findings can provide manpower planners with targeted information to manage retention levels for first term and second term Marines more effectively
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