The Effect of Advanced Education on the Retention and Promotion of Army Officers
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis examines the relationship between advanced education and the retention and promotion of Army officers using data from the Active Duty Military Master File for Army officers who were commissioned between 1981 and 2001 and tracked until 2004 or until they separated from active duty. Compared to an officer with a baccalaureate degree, the survival time of an officer with a masters degree, a doctorate degree, or a professional degree is greater by 29.1 percent, 23.9 percent or 8.2 percent, respectively. An officer with a masters degree, a doctorate degree, or a professional degree has a hazard of leaving the Army that is 38.3 percent, 44.4 percent, or 75.6 percent, respectively, of that of a college graduate. Compared to an officer with a baccalaureate degree, time to promotion to O-4 for an officer with a mastersdoctorate degree or a professional degree is 0.2 percent less or 2.4 percent less, respectively. An officer with a masters or doctorate degree has a hazard of promotion that is 115.3 percent of that of an officer with a college degree. Having a professional degree has no significant effect on the hazard of promotion.
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