Alternative Approaches to Attrition Management.
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA NAVAL STUDIES GROUP
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Military personnel attrition can be divided into two categories, premature and unwanted. Premature attrition refers to losses before the expiration of the first-term of service due to performance and motivational problems. Unwanted attrition refers to losses of trained, qualified personnel who choose not to continue beyond their terms of service due to economic and attitudinal reasons. The alternative approaches described in this paper for controlling these types of attrition pertain to all of the military services. Specific attrition management programs and models that have proven successful are drawn from Navy experience, but many of them are relevant also to the other services. The paper concludes with a description of what is needed for total attrition management in economically achieving military manpower objectives.
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