HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
A battery of tests was administered to 100 tank commanders in Grade E6, to determine factors involved in reenlistment decisions. Tests included a background information questionnaire, an attitude questionnaire, five personality scales, and measures of present and expected future need satisfaction. Subjects were divided into three groups according to their responses to a question dealing with their reenlistment intentions to reenlist, not to reenlist, and undecided. The results indicate that expected incentive increases were important factors in the reenlistment decision, particularly expected increases in satisfaction of esteem needs and self-actualization needs. While there were significant differences between the groups in attitude toward the Army, it was impossible to determine from the data whether attitude was a cause of the reenlistment decision or a consequence of it. Of the personality scales, only the socialization scale showed a relationship to reenlistment. Family life appeared to be an important factor in the reenlistment decision.