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Effects of Commuting Distance on Participation Rates for Obligated Selected Marine Corps Reserves

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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This research is conducted at the request of Reserve Affairs Personnel Policy, Plans and Programming RAP-2, Reserve Affairs Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps, to examine potential drivers for the high rate of attrition at the conclusion of a Reservists initial obligation period. We examine if probability of attrition is correlated with the distance a Marine travels to his or her Reserve Training Center. The sample population includes United States Marine Corps Reservists serving in the Selected Reserves with six or more years of satisfied service. We examine the likelihood that an enlisted non-prior service NPS Selected Marine Corps Reserve SMCR Marine who lives greater than 100 miles from his or her Reserve Training Center continue will serve past the initial six-year obligation. The analysis includes logit models analyzing the distance variables categorized into four groups 025 miles, 2650 miles, 51100 miles, and anything over 100 miles. We find that distance over 100 miles is not correlated with attrition compared to those who live under 25 miles from the training center. The commuting distance that has the highest odds of attrition is between 51 and 100 miles.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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