HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
Behavior of Navy personnel with regard to a reenlistment decision is a function of perceptions of Navy life modified by each individuals comparison to alternatives in civilian life and by the importance of that variable in their hierarchy of values. The variables which exhibit potential significance in these decisions may be identified through the use of a needs model which specifies the areas which are likely to be important to various groups of Navy personnel. Such a model helps to insure the comprehensiveness of the variable list and a systematic balanced approach. Beyond these basic considerations are such factors as expectations and Navy experience, which may color the perceptions of individuals and thereby influence reenlistment decisions. The usefulness of qualify of life research will depend on our ability to account for each of these factors in a systematic way. By systematic we mean to evaluate decisions so that the impact of each of these factors can be identified and measured. From this base it will be possible to generate policy which reflects the reasons for negative evaluations of the Navy and the precise means to turn such evaluations and presumably behavior around. Author
Presented at the Conference of the Military Testing Association (19th), San Antonio, TX, Oct 77.