Military Personnel: Preliminary Results of DOD's 1999 Survey of Active Duty Members
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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Based on the survey results, more military personnel are satisfied with their way of life about 50 percent than are dissatisfied about 29 percent. Officers have markedly higher satisfaction rates than enlisted personnel, and in general, satisfaction tends to increase with seniority. Satisfaction and intent to stay in the military are strongly linked. About 73 percent of satisfied personnel indicated that they are likely to stay in the military in contrast, only 20 percent of dissatisfied personnel indicated they are likely to stay. Pay and job enjoyment were cited as top reasons for both intending to stay and considering leaving the military. Other top reasons cited for contemplating leaving included quality of leadership and amount of personalfamily time. Neither housing nor health care for families was among the top reasons cited by military personnel for considering leaving the military. In fact, family medical care was among the top reasons for considering staying in the military. However, on balance, most military personnel believe that they would be better compensated and have more personal and family time available in the civilian world.
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