Personal and Organizational Determinants of Enlisted Attrition
Final rept. 1 Nov 1977-1 Feb 1978
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTCENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This study was conducted to determine the relative influence of various individual and organizational factors on first-term enlisted attrition. A longitudinal design was employed whereby a cohort of first-term recruits both A school and apprentice school personnel was tracked over a 12-month period. Results indicated that 1 first-year attrition was significantly higher for experimental group personnelwho were eligible for voluntary separation than for control group personnel, 2 attrition rates were higher for apprentice personnel than A school personnel, 3 separation decisions were related to preservice demographic characteristics, family and home problems, attitudes toward the Navy formed during recruit training, and in-service discrepancies between expectations and experiences, and 4 the work environment explained more variance in later separations and individual characteristics, more variance in early separationsi.e., within the first 6 months.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations