D.B.A. Baker College (Michigan), 2022.
Specialization: Military studies; Business administration
Exploring military retention for initial-term soldiers
158 pages. UMI #: 29213060
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The focus of this study was an analysis using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and Herzberg’s two-factor theory of motivation to identify why more than half of initial-term soldiers choose to exit without reenlisting in the Army. Analysis of the relation between Maslow’s and Herzberg’s theories was compared to the current conditions and standards within the Army and expectations of a soldier. The subject of this study was to identify the gaps in literature of why soldiers within the United States Army leave the service after their initial-term contract. While extensive research has been conducted for the civilian workforce, it is unclear how these factors affect the military with more stringent regulations and living conditions. This qualitative phenomenology focused on 10 initial-term soldiers within the United States Army. This population was initial-term soldiers who were actively serving and within their window to begin their expiration term of service (ETS) process. Results were analyzed and themed based on questions modeled after Maslow’s and Herzberg’s theories and given to BG Ragin and his team. Recommendations and future research based on the results were given to BG Ragin for consideration. Further study in this area could lead to higher reenlistment rates for the Army and lower costs for training and replacing of soldiers. This lower cost could save taxpayers money as the military is funded through taxes. This could also produce a higher quality military force as more experienced soldiers would stay in service longer.