AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF FIRST TERM REENLISTMENT IN THE AIR FORCE.
DIRECTORATE OF PERSONNEL PLANNING (AIR FORCE) WASHINGTON D C PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS DIV
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The study investigates the reenlistment decision-making process for first term enlisted men in the Air Force. A series of predictive models was generated based on individuals who entered the Air Force between 1956 and 1962 and who made voluntary reenlistment or separation decisions. These models relate the reenlistment behavior of whites, nonwhites, high school graduates, and nongraduates to pay, promotion, education, and aptitude variables for each of six Air Force occupational areas. The findings of the analysis indicate that reenlistment rates are sensitive to the national economy, military pay, educational level, and aptitude scores. Increases in military pay induce relatively greater reenlistment responses from white and high school graduates. Proficiency pay at 30 per month is not sufficient to offset the more attractive civilian alternatives for skilled technicians. Proficiency pay at 60 per month does induce skilled technicians to reenlist at higher rates than their lesser skilled contemporaries. The study also examines the influence of such factors as age, marital status, and draft-induced enlistments. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations