A Brief Analysis of Pre-service Drug Abuse Waiver Attrition
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH STUDIES AND TECHNOLOGY MILLINGTON TN
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Drug attrition data acquired by PERS-6 were analyzed at Navy Personnel Research, Studies, and Technology NPRSTPERS-1. These data were merged with May 2005 Enlisted Master File EMF data to determine those applicants for Navy enlistment who had positive drug tests while processing for enlistment at MEPS and were subsequently enlisted with a drug waiver. Additionally, trend analysis of this cohort of Sailors was performed for enlistment years 2000 through 2004. This paper does not advocate acceptance or rejection of any particular position. It does, however, suggest that the statistical findings of PERS-6, while technically accurate, do not afford decision-makers with a comprehensive view of this issue. The 85.6 percent attrition rate reported by PERS-6 is based only on those who entered Naval service with drug waivers and were subsequently attrited for drug reasons n 1737. An additional 291 persons with drug waivers attrited for other than drug related reasons n 1737 291 2028 total attrites. Drugs attrites n - 1737 from the total population of those admitted to Naval service with waivers subsequent to positive drug tests at MEPS N 4320 is 40.2 percent. However, total attrites n 2028 account for 46.9 percent of the entire population therefore, 53.1 percent of the N 4320 Sailors accepted for enlistment with a drug waiver remain on active duty.
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