Review of Initiatives for Increasing Enlisted Reenlistment in the U.S. Army
Final rept. Mar 2006-Jun 2009
PERSONNEL DECISIONS RESEARCH INST (PDRI) INC TAMPA FL
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The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences ARI initiated a three-year research program titled STAY Strategies to Enhance Retention. The goals of this effort were to develop and test a conceptual model of the career continuance process, and to identify, implement, and evaluate promising interventions that encourage Army reenlistment among first-term Soldiers. To achieve these broad objectives, this report reviews past and ongoing interventions that support, either directly or indirectly, Army enlisted Soldier retention efforts. The review is based on a number of sources, including a literature search, interviews and focus groups with Army personnel, and anecdotal reports from subject matter experts. We also review the limited amount of research available that has evaluated the impact of Army initiatives on reenlistment decisions and related attitudes. The majority of initiatives discussed in this paper have not been formally evaluated, and the evaluations that do exist need updating. While this information adds to our knowledge about Army initiatives, more research is necessary. The Army would benefit from more recent research assessing whether relationships exist between use of specific Army programs or incentives and reenlistment intentionsdecisions.
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