Accession Number:

ADA159453

Title:

Relationships among Rates of Attrition in Training and Subsequent Attrition in Line Units

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA RESEARCH AND ADVANCED CONCEPTS OFFICE

Report Date:

1984-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

This research was conducted as an in-house effort by the ARI Field Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia. The emphasis in the research on the effects of management policies on enlisted attrition is a relatively new approach to research on the Armys manpower problems. Most attrition research has focused on identification of individual characteristics related to attrition which can then be used to select personnel who will not drop out. The research approach reported here may be more relevant to the current manpower environment where there is only a small pool of people from which to select and success of the Armys mission depends on retaining those people who are recruited. The rate of attrition in Infantry Advanced Individual Training AIT was strongly influenced by command policy and a sharp drop in training attrition occurred following a command change in 1977. Monthly attrition rates during BCT Basic Combat Training and AITAdvanced Individual Training and in the first 90 days following successful graduation from Infantry AIT were intercorrelated over the period April 1976 through December 1978. The constant attrition hypothesis, i. e., early attrition reduces later attrition, was not supported with data from all soldiers who were scheduled for Infantry training. In fact, attrition rates from BCT, AIT and line units were positively correlated. Analysis of these changes suggests that some as yet unspecified factor that simultaneously influenced attrition in BCT, AIT and line units outweighed training cohort factors in determining these changes in attrition.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE