Attrition from Military and Civilian Jobs: Insights from the National Longitudinal Surveys
Final rept. Aug 1982-May 1983
BATTELLE COLUMBUS DIV OH
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An objective of this report is to provide a literature review on economic and non-economic reasons for attrition from military and civilian jobs, and to develop and calibrate a multivariate model of attrition. The stipulated model relates attrition from the first job to civilian and military pay, educational levels of servicemen, socioeconomic status of parents, job satisfaction, age, race and perceived locus of control of an individualistic serviceman. The study used data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of youth from 1966 to 1979. It includes that attrition rates in the military can be reduced by increasing military wages, particularly in the lower rungs of the pay ladder, matching job requirements with education levels and increasing job satisfaction in the Military Occupational Specialties of the separates. Keywords Age, Military pay, Human capital, Civilian pay, Recruitment cost.
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