Military Personnel: Improvements Needed to Increase Effectiveness of DOD’s Programs to Promote Positive Working Relationships between Reservists and Their Employers

Source: Government Accountability Office, GAO-08-981R, August 15, 2008

Since September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DOD) has relied on more than 650,000 members of the National Guard and Reserve to support operations at home and abroad. As demobilized reservists return to civilian life and their civilian employment, the difficulties some face in maintaining positive working relationships with their employers is an area of interest. Maintaining employers’ continued support for their reservist employees will be critical if DOD is to retain experienced reservists in these times of longer and more frequent deployments.

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