The Effects of Military Assignments and Duties on the Martial Status of Navy Officers
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This study seeks to determine if military duties and assignments affect the marriage and divorce decisions of United States Navy officers. Previous studies suggest that a stable marriage can have a positive influence on a military members performance. However, no previous research has looked specifically at how duties and assignments may affect the marital status of Navy officers. This thesis presents an overview of duty types in the Navy and various factors that are believed to affect the marriage and divorce decisions of Navy officers. Based on the literature review, five hypotheses are generated and tested by estimating 32 logit models. The results show that military duties and assignments, gender, and commissioning sources significantly affect the likelihood and timing of marriage and divorce decisions of Navy officers. The results provide important information that can be used by policy makers to help reduce the adverse effects of duties and assignments on Navy marriages. The study also looks at the relationship between marriage on divorce and the members decision to leave the Navy. It is recommended that further research be conducted regarding the effects of duties and assignments on divorce for enlisted personnel and members of other US armed forces.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations