Factors Affecting Army National Guard Retention of Enlisted Soldiers.
Strategy research rept.,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The inability to meet retention goals in the Army National Guard ARNG has been an issue for many years and has become even more critical with the reduced budgets that have occurred over the last seven years. There have been many suggested reasons why retention is less than desirable and many surveys as to why soldiers choose not to reenlist. The Arizona Army National Guard AZ ARNG conducted one such survey in 1998. Statistical analysis was done on selected data from the survey to gain a better understanding of the relationship between training, leadership, personal conflicts and a sense of belonging with soldiers willingness to reenlist. Results of the analysis revealed that the most important factor to a soldiers willingness to reenlist is their sense of belonging to the organization followed by the quality of training. Leadership and personal conflicts were not found to be significant. This did not hold true for female soldiers. Female soldiers willingness to reenlist showed a much stronger relationship to whether or not they perceived their Guard duties as interfering with their personal lives. These findings may help leaders focus their retention efforts in the most beneficial manner.
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