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Program-Level Variation in Cadet Outcomes at the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program

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Center for Naval Analyses Arlington United States

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This study analyzes the relationship between general philosophiespractices at each of seven National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program sites and cadet outcomes. It also considers the relationship between these outcomes and population demographics. The research question originated from an earlier CNA study in which we found that cadets final cognitive skills, final noncognitive skills, and probability of completing the ChalleNGe program were affected by which of the seven sites they attended. We hypothesized that there were two potential explanations for these significant site effects that the populations served by each program differed significantly in demographic and socioeconomic terms andor that the sites differed significantly in their overarching philosophies and program administration. Our findings suggest that programmatic differences in philosophy, general practices, and classroom instruction are responsible for the role of the specific program attended in determining cadets final outcomes.

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  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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