Accession Number : ADA115774

Title :   The 1978 Selected Reserve Reenlistment Bonus Test: Executive Summary.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Grissmer,D W ; Burright,B K ; Doering,Z D ; Sachar,J

PDF Url : ADA115774

Report Date : Apr 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : Described are the results of a national experiment designed to study factors that influence reenlistment decisions of Army Reserve and National Guard personnel. In the experiment, 15,000 reservists making reenlistment decisions in 1978 served as test participants. The effect of bonus payments up to $1800 on reenlistment rates and length of commitment was estimated by comparing the response of a test group which was offered bonus payments to a matching control group. In addition, a survey instrument given to test participants at the time of making the reenlistment decision provided data to analyze the effect of several other factors on Reserve reenlistment decisions. While the bonus only raised reenlistments rates from 38 to 40 percent, it significantly lengthened the average committed term of service from 1.3 to 4.3 years. Longitudinal tracking of test participants indicates a significant strength gain will result from the longer-term service committments. Survey analysis indicates that conflicts, with family and civilian employers tend to be the main causes for not reenlisting. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Reenlistment, *Military Reserves, *National Guard, All volunteer, Army, Decision making, Attrition, Manpower, Statistical data, Tables(Data), Army personnel

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE