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Blended Retirement System Impact on Gender Retention

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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Air War College, Air University

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This research study supports components of two Coast Guard strategic documents, the Human Capital Strategy and the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. Through qualitative interviews, the new Blended Retirement System was reviewed as to how it could impact the retention of women in the Coast Guard. The findings show that military members, both men and women, do consider military and retirement compensation in their decisions on how long to remain in the service, but financial compensation is not the most important factor. In order to continue to close the retention gap between men and women in the Coast Guard, the service should focus on leadership development, career progression, and overall quality of life issues for women and men. In implementing the Blended Retirement System, the Coast Guard should strive to provide certainty in the early years of the program for those who will have the option of choosing the new system next year.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]