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The Role of College Education on the Retention and Promotion of Naval Officers

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[Technical Report, Technical Report]

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Naval Postgraduate School

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We analyze whether different aspects of college education e.g., college major and university ranking as well as certain demographic features e.g., gender and marital status have an effect on retention and performance of U.S. Navy officers at both six and 10 years of service. Regarding retention, separating the sample in URL and RLSTAFF officers, we find that almost none of the individual STEM and non-STEM degrees have a consistent impact on retention. Similarly, regarding officer performance, the effect of having a STEM instead of a non-STEM degree is also unclear.


Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]