Publication:
An analysis of factors predicting graduation at United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates School

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Authors
McNeill, Donald B.
Subjects
Surveys
Officer recruiting
Officer training
Military training
Officer selection
Screening
Officer candidate
Accession
Predictions
Advisors
Buttrey, Samuel E.
Date of Issue
2002-09
Date
September 2002
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
Abstract
All officers commissioned in the Marine Corps except those from the Naval Academy are required to successfully complete an intense screening program at Officer Candidates School (OCS). The Marine Corps is attempting to improve its officer selection process and reduce attrition at OCS by determining which candidates it should recruit and send to OCS. In late 2000, the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC) commissioned a 67-question survey that has been given to all candidates entering OCS since fall of 2000. The results of this survey were used to build models to provide a probability of success of candidates based upon responses to the survey and other demographic data. One model created from this survey was used to build a computer desktop tool that officers may use to assist in selecting the candidates who have the highest probability of success at OCS and in preparing them for the rigors of OCS. This tool provides a probability of graduation for each candidate that is 99.8% correlated with the actual graduation rate of other candidates who have similar characteristics to the candidate whose probability of graduation was calculated.
Type
Thesis
Description
Series/Report No
Department
Operations Research (OR)
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
Sponsors
Funder
Format
xvi, 73 p. : ill.
Citation
Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
Collections