A Study of Issues Related to Accession and Retention of Enlisted Personnel in the Reserve Components. Volume 1.
THOMPSON (J WALTER) CO WASHINGTON DC
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The study revealed the following significant findings Propensity of veterans to enlist in their prior service branches is not as high as the propensity of the Non-Prior Service men to enlist in the GuardReserve in general. The education benefit and the bonus benefit offered by the services are the most cost effective for both Potential Enlistees and current Reservists. One valuable recruitment strategy determined by this study would be to explain in detail the currently available benefits. The most effective accession strategies would be those based on social and vocational self-actualization Retention strategies promising to be most effective are concepts based on social and vocational self-actualization family involvement in the GuardReserve and the value of GuardReserve activities and pride in the GuardReserve. Money and a comfortable life are not perceived as likely to be achieved in the GuardReserve thus, it would not be advisable to design accession or retention strategies around the opportunities in the GuardReserve to meet these life goals. Recruiterscareer counselors are most frequently consulted regarding enlistment or extension of enlistment.
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