Terrence Hill

I agree. Most young people just starting their careers are not too concerned about retirement. Health benefits seem to be a bigger concern. Benefits alone have never been a big driver of recruits. It’s is more about the mission, prestige, and an opportunity to contribute. In Dan Pink’s lingo – purpose, mastery, and autonomy. Some agencies have a strong sense of purpose/mission (e.g., FBI, USMC, Navy Seals, etc.), some provide opportunities to master one’s craft (e.g. NIH, NASA, NOAA, etc.), but very few offer autonomy. The government tends to over-sell jobs in the recruiting process, but often disappoints new hires by not allowing them to demonstrate their creativity, innovation, and motivation to serve others.