Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2010

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Dental Public Health

First Advisor

McQuistan, Michelle

First Committee Member

Marshall, Teresa

Second Committee Member

Momany, Elizabeth


Objective: To identify the significant predictors associated with Army Dental Corps Junior Officers' intent to leave the military. Methods: A secondary data analysis was conducted utilizing the responses from the 2009 Army Dental Officer Retention Survey. The 92 item questionnaire consisted of questions addressing retention issues. Although the survey was distributed to all Army dental officers, only results from junior officers were considered for this study. Results: Forty-six percent of junior officers completed the survey (N=577; n=267).Fifty-eight percent of respondents reported an intent to leave the military prior to retirement. In the final regression model, six variables were significantly (p < .05) associated with an officer's intent to leave: unit of assignment (p<.009, Beta=.144); specialty training status or area of concentration (AOC) (p< .047, Beta=.098) ; age (p<.002, Beta= -.133); military lifestyle (p<.001, Beta=.236); benefits (p<.000, Beta= -.408) and professional development (p<.023, Beta=.194). The model accounted for 45.7% of the total variance. Conclusion: Variables other than pay, bonuses, deployments, frequent moves and student debt were significantly associated with intent to leave. Future studies should be conducted to more fully understand how the identified significant predictor variables impact intent to leave so that policies can be developed to help reduce turn-over among junior dental officers.


dentistry, military, officer, retention, turnover


xi, 154 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 144-154).


Copyright 2010 Johnette Joy Shelley