Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Public Administration


College of Urban and Public Affairs

Major Professor

Whelan, Robert

Second Advisor

Strong, Denise

Third Advisor

Kiefer, John


The retention of sailors is paramount to the viability of the United States Navy. While numerous aspects, including pay, benefits, family issues, etc., factor into the decision of each sailor to leave the Navy, job satisfaction is one of the most important. This study examines the extent job satisfaction played in sailors' decisions to leave after their initial enlistment. The Navy's own survey instrument was utilized to gather the data from sailors who were separating from the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy (CV-67) at the end of their first enlistment contract. The survey questions were broken down into three general areas: Job Satisfaction, Pay and Benefits, and Quality of Life, to measure the level of satisfaction within each of these areas. The relationship between gender, martial status and ethnic group were key components in analyzing each of the key areas. The results of these findings are reviewed and discussed.


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