Accession Number:

ADA616062

Title:

United States Service Academy Admissions: Selecting for Success at the Military Academy/West Point and as an Officer

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

73.0

Abstract:

This report explores the relationship between the current scoring of data for applicants to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two subsequent outcomes probability of graduating and probability of officer promotion. These outcomes are important because when a cadet enters but does not graduate, he or she fills a class seat that could have been filled by someone else who might have graduated, and the cost cannot be recouped. The authors considered candidate scores on several characteristics, including aptitude, athletics, extracurriculars, faculty appraisal, and school ranking. Using a series of logistic regression models and a boosted logistic regression, the results suggest that the current candidate scoring system as the primary basis for admission decisions at West Point is effective.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE