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Author Burkhauser, Susan.

Title Elements of success : how type of secondary education credential helps predict enlistee attrition / Susan Burkhauser, Lawrence M. Hanser, Chaitra M. Hardison.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2014.


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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 47 pages) : color illustrations.
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Series RAND Corporation research report series ; RR-374-OSD
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-374-OSD.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 47).
Summary The U.S military services have traditionally used a tiering system, including education credentials such as high school diplomas, in combination with Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) scores to help gauge the likelihood of a recruit persevering through his or her first term of service. But what about less traditional credentials, such as diplomas earned through homeschooling and distance learning? The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) asked RAND to examine whether its current education-credential tiering policy is still useful in predicting first-term attrition. The authors examined attrition rates at 12, 24, and 36 months of service for all enlistees from 2000 through 2011. Using statistical regression techniques, they compared attrition rates for those with distance learning or homeschool credentials to those of high school diploma holders, after controlling for other observable population differences. Overall, the analyses support current tiering policy classifying homeschool diplomas as Tier 1 if a recruit's AFQT score is 50 or higher (id est, they are treated the same as high school diploma holders) or Tier 2 if a recruit's AFQT score is lower than 50. The results also support classifying distance learning credentials as Tier 2 regardless of AFQT score.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed March 10, 2014).
Funding The research described in this report was prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense ... under Contract W74V8H-06-C-0002.
Contents Introduction -- Attrition Analyses -- Study Findings -- Conclusions and Recommendations -- Appendix A: Descriptive Statistics for Key Variables -- Appendix B: Effectiveness of the Propensity Weights -- Appendix C: Models Used in Doubly Robust Regression Analysis -- Appendix D: Simple Logistic Regression Model.
Subject Military discharge -- United States.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Personnel management.
Education, Secondary -- United States -- Evaluation.
HISTORY -- Military -- Other.
Armed Forces -- Personnel management. (OCoLC)fst00814620
Education, Secondary -- Evaluation. (OCoLC)fst00903275
Military discharge. (OCoLC)fst01021098
Recruiting and enlistment. (OCoLC)fst01091944
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Added Author Hanser, Lawrence M.
Hardison, Chaitra M.
National Defense Research Institute (U.S.)
Rand Corporation.
Other Form: Print version: Burkhauser, Susan. Elements of success. Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corporation, [2014] 0833084240 (OCoLC)867840256
ISBN 9780833085221 (electronic bk.)
0833085220 (electronic bk.)
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