Accession Number : ADA317255

Title :   Nuclear Officer Retention: MSR and Beyond.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 95-Oct 96,

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

Personal Author(s) : Nakada, Michael K. ; Mackin, Patrick C. ; Mackie, Christopher D.

PDF Url : ADA317255

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : To combat low retention in the nuclear officer community, the Nuclear Officer Incentive Pay (NOIP) program was designed. A 1981 study of nuclear submarine officer retention found a significant, positive effect of NOIP on their retention at the end of the minimum service requirement (MSR). In 1996, the study was broadened to include nuclear-trained surface warfare officers. Again, a significant, positive effect of NOIP on the MSR retention rate was found. This report documents the results of an investigation of historical nuclear officer retention behavior at the MSR decision point and 9 decision points later. It specifies an ACOL-2 model and quantifies the impact of the NOIP retention bonus program on 10 retention decisions. Separate models of retention were estimated for the submarine and surface nuclear officer communities. For both communities, the retention elasticities with respect to the NOIP retention bonus program were small, but significant indicating that 'pay does matter.' These models can be used to assess the retention and cost impacts of alternative NOIP retention strategies.

Descriptors :   *MOTIVATION, *PERSONNEL RETENTION, DECISION MAKING, OFFICER PERSONNEL, NUCLEAR POWERED SHIPS, NUCLEAR POWERED SUBMARINES.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE