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Why are servicemen leaving the Armed Forces?

This study is focused on the issues due to which the Armed Forces of Ukraine lose qualified personnel. Qualitative and quantitative research methods have been used for this research. The qualitative research method included interviews with personnel in combat units and the military command & control (C2) bodies that are dealing with human resources matters. Based on the interviews, nine factors that have an impact on the motivation to continue the service were identified and described. As the information collected during the study is sensitive, only certain statistical data is presented here. The full package of data has been provided to the military command & control agencies.

This study was prepared by the Analytical Section of NGO “COME BACK ALIVE!” under the Initiative for Development of Analytical Centers in Ukraine implemented by the International Renaissance Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) and funded by the Swedish Embassy in Ukraine. The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Swedish Embassy in Ukraine, the International Renaissance Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE).

The accuracy of the information has been verified. The information contained in this publication is accurate and true to the best of our knowledge as of the first quarter of 2020. NGO “Come Back Alive!” shall not be liable for any use of this information for any other purpose or in any other context.