Trends in Training Performance: 1972-1974.
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This research reports the aptitudinal and background characteristics of non-prior service enlistees who graduated or eliminated from basic military and technical training from 1972 through 1974. Comparative analyses were made by racial subgroup, sex, educational level, region of enlistment, aptitude scores, and type of assignment. It was found that the number of blacks enlisting exceeded their proportion in the population as a whole. Elimination rates have generally decreased in basic military training BMT over the years, but have steadily increased in technical training TT, especially for the total female population and black males. In some instances eliminees had higher aptitude mean scores than graduates. It was found that college graduates have higher elimination rates than non-college graduates in BMT. In TT, the higher the number of years of education, the lower the attrition rates. Considering age as an attrition factor, both 17-year-old males and females had elimination rates that exceeded all other age groups. It appears considerable amounts of money may be saved if a mandatory 18-year-old enlistment standard be required. Overall, attrition is not related to region of enlistment except in Area 3 South and 4 Southwest where a considerable high attrition rate is evidenced.
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