Racial/Ethnic and Gender Differences in Attitudinal Measures of Retention Intentions Among National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers [Version 2] [open pdf - 472KB]
"Paralleling issue papers (IPs) on retention intentions among enlisted and officers in the active-duty component, this IP examines racial/ethnic and gender differences in retention intentions and in satisfaction with the military way of life among members of the Reserve Components of the U.S. military. Retention intentions and satisfaction with military life matter because they may indicate both potential future retention problems and underlying problems with morale and perceptions of climate. Particularly important for the MLDC [Military Leadership Diversity Commission] is whether minority members of the National Guard and the Reserve express either a desire to leave the military or low levels of satisfaction in greater proportions than their majority peers. The results of this analysis suggest that, across components, women and racial/ethnic minorities in the National Guard and the Reserve components are as likely as their white male counterparts to be satisfied with the military way of life and to report positive intentions to remain in the military. Thus, there is no indication that future retention will differ in a way that will keep women and minorities from reaching the top ranks."
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Issue Paper No. 52
Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity: http://diversity.defense.gov/