Study finds married military recruits are more likely to wash out

The US Military loses significant amounts of money on a yearly basis due to people washing out of military basic training- and now wants to utilize new methods to ensure that they won’t be short of cash due to a few recruits being short of heart.

Thanks to a Pentagon-funded report conducted by the Rand Corp., the military now has a little insight into demographic groups that are more likely to wash out than others, providing the Armed Forces with a foundation to build targeting goals and guidelines.

The study, which examines attrition rates from all four branches (sorry, Coast Guard) from 2002 to 2013, reveals consistent traits that were not unique to the many cultural shifts that took place in that time span.

For example, the US Navy ultimately lost $200 million a year on average, with around $400 million for the Army. It should be noted, however, that these numbers include bonuses, pay, housing and other factors.

Several demographics appeared less likely to succeed, with married personnel often being more of a risk than single personnel without dependents.

The study found that “married recruits are more likely to attrite during the first 12 months, but those who make it past that point are less likely than other recruits to attrite later.”

According to the Military Times, women were also less likely to pass basic training than men, and other factors -such as ethnicity and education- were also prevalent in the data.

“In terms of differences across services, women are more likely to attrite in the Army than in the other three services; those without a high school diploma or equivalent are most likely to attrite in the Navy,” according to the report. “These differences highlight the potential importance of institution-specific characteristics, implying that personal characteristics may interact with institutional policy, peer groups, duties, or other aspects of military life and induce different rates of attrition in different services.”

Interestingly, waivered recruits -be it due to medical reasons or a criminal history- were said to be “no more likely than others to attrite during the first six months but are more likely to attrite after that time.”

It is surmised that the report can help create a matrix to determine enlistment risk levels and bring in quality recruits that will see training through until the end.

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