The Navy is considering options for changing the length of the initial employment contract. The “T+X” pilot program, currently in place, changed the length of the first tour in several ratings, bringing about alignment of the end of obligation and the end of the first sea tour. In this research, we focus on a larger sample, including data on all new sailors over the last decade. We examine several aspects of contract length changes.
Traditionally, the Navy has set sailors’ initial contract lengths to ensure a return on investment (ROI) from sailors’ training. The current mix of 4-, 5-, and 6-year Navy enlistment contracts is partially a result of this ROI framework. However, this approach is not necessarily aligned with the sea-shore flow. We find that many sailors’ end of active obligated service (EAOS) comes before the end of their first prescribed sea tour (PST), which follows training. Because those sailors whose EAOS doesn’t cover their PST complete their PSTs at much lower rates, we conclude that aligning PST and EAOS by increasing initial obligation would increase overall sea tour completion rates.
The National Guard Youth Challenge (ChalleNGe) program is a quasi-military residential program for young high school dropouts. The ChalleNGe model includes a number of core components, with a focus on academics, physical fitness, and service. In this research, we examine how various aspects of the ChalleNGe model affect cadets, detail the types of schools cadets previously attended, and report on the military performance of those ChalleNGe cadets who go on to enlist.
In the fall of 1995, CNA began working with personnel in the Bureau of Medicine (BuMed), Bureau of Personnel (BuPers), and Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC) on an experiment to conduct active Navy recruiting on community college campuses. This research memorandum summarizes the first 11 months of this initiative.