Title

Using Appreciative Inquiry Method to Help Retain Talented Female Officers in the U.S. Army

Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Strategic Human Resource Management and Development

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Strategic Human Resource Management and Development

Advisor

Jeral Kirwan, Ph.D.

Keywords

Retention, U.S.Army, Women

Abstract

Female officers in the U.S. Army are minority working in a male dominated profession. The high turnover rate of female officers in the Army negatively impacts organizational diversity and exacerbates underrepresentation of women in the upper echelons of command. This study utilizes appreciative inquiry to explore factors that influence female officer retention rates in the military. Results from multiple regression analysis indicate that the factors of enjoyment of service in the U.S. Army and meaningfulness of the job explained eight percent of the variance in predicting years of active duty service. The findings strongly suggest that the U.S. Army is heading in the right direction for gender equality and providing many beneficial programs for soldiers and their families.

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