Delayed Entry Program Attrition: Survey Results
Final rept. 1 Jan-30 Aug 2003
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH STUDIES AND TECHNOLOGY MILLINGTON TN
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The Navys Delayed Entry Program DEP allows individuals to delay their entry into the Navy for up to one year after signing an enlistment contract. However, the DEP loses approximately 18 percent of its contracts before they ever reach initial recruit training. In the past, it has been argued that attrition from the DEP is better than attrition from initial training, when more time and money have been invested. The underlying assumption is that individuals who attrite from the DEP would not have been successful in recruit training anyway and are therefore less costly than training losses. This leads to a management policy of allowing DEP attrition to continue at relatively high levels. However, there is no evidence to support the assumption that all DEP attrition is wanted attrition of recruits who would fail to be successful in training or, subsequently, in the Fleet. To date, very little knowledge exists concerning the reasons why an individual chooses to leave the DEP. The current project was undertaken to more fully understand the reasons behind DEP attrition, and the factors that might affect the propensity to attrite, which could lead to the development of programs or services to reduce attrition.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations