Periodic Factors Involving Reenlistment Decisions: Measured by Social Indicators.
WICHITA STATE UNIV KANS CENTER FOR HUMAN APPRAISAL
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A number of statistics available in most military posts were arrayed on a monthly basis for a period of forty-eight months. These variables included areas which were perceived to have relevance for quality of life and included the number of reenlistments after first and second terms as criterion variables. After being correlated through time using Cattells P-Technique, they were factored by principle components and rotated by Varimax to yield nine independent interpretable factors. These were identified as Economic Cycles, Seasonal Cycles, Unit Activity Cycles, Excessive Training, Holiday Joy, Declining Strength and Morale, Second Term Reenlistments, Christmas Prospersity vs New Years Slump, and Individual Economic Pressure. All of these factors were related to some degree to the first and second term reenlistments with the greatest contributions to variance coming from Seasonal Cycles, Excessive Training, Individual Economic Pressure, Second Term Reenlistment, and Holiday Joy let down. To make the study more general, it should span a longer period of months. This would also give a safer margin of number of observations over number of variables. NCO club data should also be added. Author
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