Family Annualized Cost of Leaving: The Household as the Decision Unit in Military Retention
Final rept. Nov 1986-Oct 1989
RESEARCH TRIANGLE INST (RTI) RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC
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This research supports the Army Family Action Plans 1984-1989 by developing a Family Annualized Cost of Leaving ACOL model that describes the costs and benefits associated with retention. Although approximately 55 of Army members are married and roughly half of the nonmember spouses work in the marketplace, models of Army reenlistment behavior such as the ACOL model have typically focused on individual members as decisionmakers. Focus on the individual service member omits important family factors affecting retention decisions. The family ACOL model explains more fully the costs and benefits associated with retention for married Army personnel. It provides a more precise estimate of the effects of traditional variables included in the retention equation and reduces the possibility of biased estimates on these traditional variables. This model will aid in policy formulation by providing a direct quantitative link between measurable factors affecting the family, particularly factors affecting family income through nonmember spouse employment, and the decision to remain in the Army. Keywords Reenlistment Family members Army personnel.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations