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Unprecedented survey: Why do soldiers leave or stay in the Army?


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Previous exit surveys only targeted Soldiers already leaving the Army, while this survey allows all active-duty Soldiers to provide their current motivations to stay in or leave the service. DACES can also show how respondents’ answers may change over time, while still maintaining the anonymity of Soldiers.

The Army will publish the results of DACES each year. The findings will be used to help the Army improve retention and quality of life. Soldiers will be sent invitations to take the 10-minute survey annually during their birth month and are encouraged to take it each year to provide their input. Soldiers will also receive an invitation to take DACES within 180 days of their retirement or separation date.