Department of the Army Career Engagement Survey

Monday, November 22, 2021

What is it?

The Department of the Army Career Engagement Survey (DACES) is a tailored survey which allows Soldiers to share their concerns or intention about staying in the Army with leadership.

DACES is part of a larger Army effort to retain Soldiers who demonstrate the talent the Army needs for the future.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

As part of the Defense Department’s Force of the Future initiative, the Army first launched an exit survey in 2015 to capture data from Soldiers who were departing from the Active Army.

DACES was launched in May 2020 to replace the previous exit survey and is designed to gather data throughout a Soldier’s career. Over 50,000 Soldiers responded to DACES since it was first launched. The Army has published the findings from the first year of DACES in the 2021 DACES report.

The Soldier feedback will provide information for Army Senior Leaders to make policy refinements regarding retention for both officers and enlisted personnel, as well as to improve quality of life programs.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army has published the findings collected from the active-duty force in the 2021 DACES Report.

Army leaders will be able to utilize the aggregated survey results to better understand local trends that affect retention and apply the survey results to organizations Army-wide. Leaders are encouraged to view the results of DACES to better understand the concerns of their Soldiers.

Why is this important to the Army?

DACES will empower Army Leaders to better address Soldier concerns and target retention incentives and Quality of Life programs. This survey, in turn, will help the Army retain the right talent to succeed in the 21st Century.

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Focus Quote for the Day

“The diversity of our force is one of our greatest strengths. All Soldiers have unique talents and experiences that influence the decision to serve - or the tough decision to transition and become a Soldier for Life. Soldier input matters, and DACES helps capture these distinctive points of view to provide Army Senior Leaders a broader understanding of the force when crafting retention policy.”

— Lt. Gen. Gary M. Brito, HQDA, DCS, G-1