Negative First-Term Outcomes Associated with Lower Extremity Injury During Recruit Training Among Female Marine Corps Graduates
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The objective of this study was to assess the impact of lower extremity injuries and stress fractures during recruit training on first-term outcomes among female Marine Corps graduates. Information on injuries was collected from women undergoing training in Parris Island, SC 19951999 and negative first-term outcomes were obtained from the Career History Archival Medical and Personnel System. First-term was defined as the period after MCRD graduation, and included School of Infantry training and any specialized military occupational MOS training before matriculating into the Fleet Marine Force, up to 48 months of service. The three negative outcomes included 1 failure to complete the first-term of service, 2 failure to achieve the rank of Corporal, and 3 failure to reenlist. Overall, 22 did not complete the first-term enlistment, and 12 of those who did were not promoted to Corporal. After adjustment for demographic characteristics, not completing the first term and not being promoted to Corporal were both associated with injuries or stress fracture during training. Reenlistment status was not associated with training injuries. Our findings indicate that lower extremity injuries among women undergoing Marine Corps recruit training are associated with poor first-term military outcomes even among those who graduate.
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