Development of a Naval Reserve Training and Career Progression Analysis Application


  1. Straver, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Naval Reserve (NAVRES), attrition has outpaced recruitment since 2010. In the current fiscal environment, resources for recruiting are limited; this further increases the pressure to improve retention to ensure a sufficiently large workforce. For some years now, there has been concern that personnel tend to leave the organization when they are unable to commit the time required to complete the training necessary for career advancement. This concern is particularly applicable to part-time personnel, who are more likely to have demanding personal or professional commitments outside of the NAVRES (e.g. a full-time civilian job). A stronger understanding of members' career progression patterns and challenges, such as major barriers in completing training, would help the NAVRES to identify key target areas for improving the efficiency of the system such that personnel would be more likely to remain in the NAVRES and advance further in their careers. A user-friendly, flexible application was developed to enable NAVRES planners to investigate personnel management questions. The application enables the user to conduct a cohort analysis to trace the career path of each person in a population of interest, from the time of joining the population to the time of leaving (or up to the time that the analysis is carried out). In doing so, the user is able to address questions such as: What percentage of personnel achieves a particular qualification? How
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-P45 — External Literature
Date of publication
09 Feb 2015
Number of Pages
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