Officer Career Development: Modeling Married Aviator Retention
Final rept. 1986-1988
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTCENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Since fiscal year 1982, the aviation warfare community has been confronted with decreasing percentages of pilots who remain in the Navy more than 2 years beyond their Minimum Service Requirement. The purpose of this report is to describe the factors contributing to naval aviation retention and to create a model that could be used for predictive purposes. Questionnaire data from a matched random sample commissioning years 1972 to 1980 of stayers N 237 and leavers N 237 were analyzed. The resultant path model was able to account for 48 percent of the variance in retention behavior, even up to 4 years after the survey was taken. Interestingly, evaluation of sea duty and family separation because of deployments did not add to our ability to account for retention behavior. Our findings suggest a possible causal chain from individual, organizational, and environmental factors, through career intent, and finally, depending upon past performance evaluations, to retention. Keywords Career development Career policy Turnover Spousal support.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations