Maneuver Center of Excellence, Directorate of Training and Doctrine, Program Evaluation Office Fort Benning United States
In 2015 Accession Medical Standards Analysis and Research Activity AMSARA annual report, it was reported that there was a 12 attrition across all the military services for first-term enlistments and a 16.5 rate for active Army Boivin et. al, 2015. Costs to transition civilians into Soldiers was estimated to be 22,000 recruiting plus 50,000 for Initial Entry Training IET in 2010 Grier, 2019. A recruit who ships to training, but attrits before their enlistment is complete is, at a minimum, a 72,000 loss to the Army per trainee who attrits. Since 2016, the Program Evaluation Office has collected data to evaluate the effectiveness of two Human Dimension HD programs at reducing first-term attrition the Initial Entry Training Physical Resiliency Enhancement Program I-PREP and Character Development CH-DEV. This report contains a culmination of findings for all three study years to answer the evaluation questions and provide recommendations regarding future evaluations related to HD programs. The overall purpose of this evaluation was to determine the extent to which both I-PREP and CH-DEV contributed to reducing first-term attrition and how leadership and graduates perceived the benefits of these programs.