Attrition of PMU Personnel Compared to Attrition from the U.S. Navy Male Enlisted Population.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis is a study of the difference in first-term personnel attrition between the Positive Motivation Unit PMU, RTC Great Lakes, Ill. and a sample of the U.S. Navy male recruit population control, for a period covering January 1977 through September 1979. Eleven cohorts, of 90 days each, for the PMU and control groups were tracked over the period 1977-1979 and their attrition rates were compared. Cross-tabulation, discriminant, and multiple regression analysis were performed to examine PMU and control groupings and their observed attrition. The traditional biographicdemographic variables explained only a small portion of the variance in the dependent variable survival, while the inclusion of certain situational variables, such as initial duty assignment, greatly increased the accuracy of the prediction of survival, for both the PMU and the control groups. The results of this study indicate that attrition has some determinants that are somewhat controllable by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Manpower, Personnel, and Training. These determinants should aid Navy managers in preparing initiatives to combat attrition. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations