Re-Enlistment and Retention of Effective Women in the Women's Army Corps: An Exploratory Research Investigation
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This paper summarizes a study conducted to identify the likely causes of failure to re-enlist on the part of effective women. Major findings include 1 A strong majority of the women interviewed 77 indicate that joining the Army was a good decision, including most of those who do not plan to re-enlist. The primary reasons for this positive attitude relate to the great amount of personnel growth they feel they experienced in the Army 2 Among the study sample, 36 plan to re-enlist, and 47 have decided to get out. Primary reasons for re-enlistment, in order of importance, are Re-enlistment benefits especially the VRB, Satisfaction with current work assignment, and Opportunity to change ones MOS 3 A list of Army life benefits, was presented to all respondents to choose the 3 or 4 most important to them. The item chosen most frequently was the chance to learn a trade or skill useful in civilian life 63 and 4 The major reasons for not planning to re-enlist include A desire to go to school under the G.I. bill, Inability to change ones MOS, Dissatisfaction with the Modern Volunteer Army, A desire to get away from hassling, and An interest in seeing if I can make it on the outside.
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