The effectiveness of the recent army captain retention program

Hunter R. Coates, Teresa S. Silvernail, Lawrence V. Fulton, Lana Ivanitskaya

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The United States Army recently implemented a policy aimed at quelling a large-scale exodus of captains. This policy included the provision of a Menu of Incentives Program targeting officers in year groups 1999-2005. This study details the captain attrition problem, evaluates literature regarding retention options, analyzes the efficacy of the Army's interventions by branch and by year group, and draws conclusions regarding future incentives. Methods used include chi-square and odds ratios analysis. Results reflect high acceptance rates for year groups 1999-2003; however, officers in these year groups may have remained in the service without any additional incentives because they were logically beyond the initial decision point. Findings suggest that seniority, skill, and adequate incentive pay are important considerations for future incentive programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalArmed Forces & Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • army
  • captains
  • chi-square
  • logistic regression
  • odds ratios
  • retention


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