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An Analysis of the Effect the Enlisted Grade Structure Review Has Upon First Term Alignment Plan Retention Requirements
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This analysis was conducted to determine whether the Enlisted Grade Structure Review EGSR has a significant effect on First-Term Alignment Plan FTAP retention requirements. It provides a background of first-term retention in the all-volunteer force by examining, not only the retention behavior of the United States military, but also the retention of Canadian and Australian military forces. Furthermore, it investigates elements of the Enlisted Career Force Controls Program. It provides an explanation of the pre- and post-EGSR skill grade flow rates and pay grade structure data used in the research. The current Marine Corps enlisted grade structure is compared to the proposed enlisted grade structure from the August 27, 2002 Officer and Enlisted Grade Structure Review to determine whether the EGSR affected FTAP retention requirements. The research found that the EGSR had a positive effect on FTAP. The EGSR changed many military occupational specialties to a logical pyramidal shape facilitating promotion opportunities. Marines will more likely remain on active duty when promotion opportunities are visible. Restructuring the enlisted billets into a pyramidal shape will support the Marine Corps operating forces. Marine Corps operational readiness is increased when the number of Marines in the lower pay grades are available in sufficient numbers to support the next immediate pay grade. The research shows that a pyramidal shaped MOS structure naturally retains the required numbers to support the Marine Corps. Only retention-critical MOSs must still be supported by an SRB to ensure Marines are not drawn away from the Marine Corps by more lucrative offers in the civilian sector.
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