Accession Number : ADA523149


Title :   Meeting Canadian Forces Expansion Goals through Retention


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Nixon, Michael A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a523149.pdf


Report Date : May 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 54


Abstract : Service as a member of the Canadian Forces (CF) in 2010 is very demanding undertaking. The commitments the CF is fulfilling, both domestically and internationally, have placed a tempo on the CF that has not been witnessed in the decades since the Korean War. The recent publication of the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS) identifies personnel as the key resource to success in meeting defense commitments. The Government of Canada has pledged funding to the Department of National Defence (DND) to allow it to modernize, reorganize and expand the CF to meet its security responsibilities. The growth and expansion of the CF has been ongoing since early 2006. In the intervening period there have been huge successes realized in CF recruiting efforts; thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen have been enrolled. However, despite a large increase in recruiting, the corresponding growth of the CF has been somewhat slow due to a high level of attrition. Attrition in the CF manifests itself in two broad groups; those recruited that never complete their basic occupational training, and those who are completely trained. Countless surveys and studies have identified macro reasons why individuals decide to cease their employment with the CF, many of which point to a breakdown in commitment to the organization as a result of not having individual needs adequately met. This monograph takes a different approach to looking at what motivates (or not) members of the CF to continue to serve. By focusing on two theories of motivation tied to the needs of today's modern solider, some specific recommendations are offered as to where CF Leadership should look to focus effort to strengthen and modernize the social contract with CF members so that they remain motivated to serve, thus meeting the needs of both the institution and the individual.


Descriptors :   *CANADA , *PERSONNEL RETENTION , *RECRUITING , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , KOREAN WAR , ORGANIZATIONAL REALIGNMENT , EXPANSION , GROWTH(GENERAL) , MILITARY MODERNIZATION , LEADERSHIP , MILITARY PERSONNEL


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE