Accession Number : ADA322476

Title :   Military Attrition: Better Screening of Enlisted Personnel Could Save DoD Millions of Dollars.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA322476

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : In summary, it was found that more than 14 percent of new recruits leave the services during the first 6 months, and more than 30 percent leave before the end of their first term. Because of this attrition, the services lose a substantial investment in training, time, equipment, and related expenses and must increase accessions to replace these losses. The main reasons for the high attrition rate during the first 6 months are that (1) the services' screening of applicants for disqualifying medical conditions or preservice drug use is inadequate and (2) recruits fail to perform adequately because they are in poor physical condition for basic training or lack motivation. Although the services are greatly concerned about attrition, their goals for reducing attrition are based on inconsistent, incomplete data, and are unrealistic. If the services were to actually reach thefr goals, however, they would realize immediate short-term annual savings ranging from $5 millon to $39 million.

Descriptors :   *ATTRITION, *COSTS, *MILITARY TRAINING, *PERSONNEL SELECTION, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, HIGH RATE, ECONOMICS, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, QUALIFICATIONS, RECRUITS, MILITARY BUDGETS, MILITARY SEPARATION.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE