An Analysis of the Incidence of Recruiter Irregularities
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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In December 2006, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness provided the services with guidance on how to track and report incidents of recruiter irregularities. The guidance defines eight categories of irregularity that include criminal misconduct, fraternization, concealment or falsification of information, and testing irregularities. Since then the services have developed and improved their data systems to track and report irregularities following this guidance. Our report provides tabulations of irregularities using these data systems, provided by OUSD and supplemented with data on accessions and recruiters. These data systems provide information on reported allegations of irregularities, on substantiated allegations, and the category of wrongdoing for each substantiated allegation. In addition, using Army contract data, we compare the characteristics of those signing contracts in the final days of the recruiting month with those signing contracts earlier in the recruiting month. Army recruiters are managed by an incentive and quota system that rewards recruiters for meeting their monthly mission. To the extent that the pressure to meet their monthly recruiting mission results in greater irregularities at the end of the month, and that the differences in the contract characteristics we consider reflect these irregularities, then analyses of differences in contract characteristics at the end of the month relative to characteristics of contracts signed earlier in the month provide an indication of irregularities, at worst, and lax recruiting, at best.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations