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Promotion speed and its effect on attrition of Navy-enlisted personnel: addressing heterogeneity in high school credentials

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Abstract:

This article investigates the relationship between recruit quality and promotion speed of the US Navy's first-term enlisted personnel, which in turn is expected to affect retention. It also investigates whether there are quality differences between the various types of high school credentials presented at the time of recruitment, including test-based and attendance-based equivalencies and nontraditional high school diplomas. The results of this article suggest that the Navy's recent targeting of individuals with alternative high school credentials and nonhigh school graduates, who score in the top half of the Armed Forces Qualification Tests (AFQTs) as substitutes for diploma holders have desirable results for promotion speed but undesirable results for retention.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840801964450

Affiliations: School of Economic Development, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30460-8152, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2010

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