Accession Number : ADA116328

Title :   The Effects of Unmet Expectations, Satisfaction, and Commitment on the Reenlistment Intentions of First-Term Enlisted Personnel.

Descriptive Note : Special rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Farkas,Arthur J

PDF Url : ADA116328

Report Date : Aug 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : During the past several years, increasing rates of attrition, coupled with decreasing rates of retention, have created a severe manpower problem for the Navy. To address this problem, this Center is conducting a longitudinal study of retention. In this study, a cohort of 4911 first-term enlisted personnel is being tracked by administering questionnaires to them at various points in their enlistment, from the beginning of recruit training to the expiration of active obligated service. Reports issued to date concerning this study have described factors that are predictive of attrition during recruit training, attitudinal changes that occur between the beginning and end of recruit training, and differences in attitudes of recruit training graduates, delayed graduates, and attrites. The sample for this effort consisted of the 575 male, regular members of the original cohort who responded to the questionnaires administered (1) during the 8th week of recruit training (Time 1), (2) 8 to 10 months after the beginning of recruit training (Time 2), and (3) 20 to 21 months after the beginning of recruit training (Time 3). Responses made by sample members to questionnaire items on general attitudes toward the Navy, commitment to the Navy, and future expectations of the Navy were compared to see how they changed over time. Next, a cross-lagged panel analysis was performed to determine the causal relationship between general satisfaction and organizational commitment to the Navy. Finally, a path analysis was performed to determine the effects of unmet expectations, changes in general satisfaction, and changes in organizational commitment on changes in the intention to reenlist.

Descriptors :   *Reenlistment, Enlisted personnel, Naval personnel, Attitudes(Psychology), Males, Recruits, Attrition, Questionnaires

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE