Deployment, Reenlistment Intentions, and Actual Reenlistment: Single and Married Active-Component Service Members



The question of how military deployments affect the decision of whether or not to reenlist has received considerable interest from policymakers and researchers. An important yet relatively unexplored dimension to this issue is how the impact of deployment on reenlistment differs by marital status. This chapter develops a conceptual framework for explaining why the response to deployment might differ and then examines the response empirically. We find that the effect of deployment is typically positive, and that this effect is larger for married members. A notable exception occurs in the Army in 2006 and 2007, where we find sizable negative effects for marrieds and singles. A chief driver of the difference may be selection into marriage; military personnel who marry arguably reveal a relatively strong attachment to military life, which may be positively correlated with resiliency to the stress and risk associated with deployments.


Service Member Single Member Military Family Deployment Time Marine Corps 


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  1. 1.RAND National Defense Research InstituteSanta MonicaUSA

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