An Analysis of Pay for Enlisted Personnel
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The research presented in this Documented Briefing grew out of two concerns whether military compensation is adequate to enable the military services to meet their manpower requirements year in and year out, and the question of whether action to change military compensation is required now. These two strands of research consider not only long- term trends affecting the adequacy of military compensation, but also short-term circumstances. Further, since major military pay legislation was passed in 1999 and took effect in Fiscal Year 2000 FY 00, there is a question of whether that pay action is sufficient to meet both short-term and long-term challenges in recruiting, retaining, and motivating personnel. And if it is not sufficient, what sort of actions should be taken Given the breadth of the subject, this briefing draw s upon the body of existing research on defense manpower and military compensation. However, the briefing also contains new material on militarycivilian pay comparisons and first-cut predictions of the impact of the FY 00 compensation changes. Specifically, we examine how the pay of enlisted personnel compares to that of their civilian counterparts, how these comparisons have changed over time, how the FY 00 pay actions affect the comparisons, and how recruiting and retention have fared recently. The briefing also discusses the variety of policy options that might be considered.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations