Accession Number : ADA217686

Title :   Planning for Military Retirement: A Study of the Career Transition Program, General Preretirement Planning Activities, and Their Effect on Job and/or Life Satisfaction.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Wolpert, David S.

Report Date : 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 176

Abstract : This Thesis examines both the apparent effectiveness for later job satisfaction and life satisfaction of both the Career Transition Program(CTP), a 3-day workshop focussing on teaching the basic skills felt necessary to compete in the civilian job market, and of the subjects' general preretirement planning efforts. Anticipatory socialization, adult socialization and role discontinuity were the theoretical bases for examining the transition from military life to the civilian world. It was generally predicted that increased planning would lead to greater job and/or life satisfaction. A sample of those who attended CTP and a sample matched on rank and job title who did not attend CTP was used. An N=360 was obtained from a mail questionnaire (150 Treatment, 210 Match). Results were, for the most part, the opposite of what was predicted, with the non-CTP respondents doing significantly better on obtaining a civilian job sooner, income, having civilian job expectations met, beginning the job search earlier, job satisfaction and life satisfaction. A path analysis was performed to examine the relationships between the planning variables, the intervening variables of expectations, income, the job search process and the outcome variables of job satisfaction and life satisfaction. Some speculations are made about why the outcome was different from what was expected. This included questions about the efficacy of short term programs and the implications for preretirement planning for future military retirees. Military personnel retirement. Theses. (edc)

Descriptors :   *CAREERS, *RETIREMENT(PERSONNEL), *VETERANS(MILITARY PERSONNEL), ADULTS, CIVILIAN POPULATION, DISCONTINUITIES, HUMAN RELATIONS, INCOME, JOB SATISFACTION, JOBS, MARKETING, MATCHING, MILITARY PERSONNEL, PLANNING, PREPARATION, QUESTIONNAIRES, SEARCHING, SKILLS, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, THESES, TRAINING, TRANSITIONS, VARIABLES, WORKSHOPS.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE