Publication:
EFFECTS OF HOMESCHOOL EDUCATION ON ENLISTED MARINE QUALITY

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Authors
Oldenkamp, Jason A.
Subjects
attrition
recruiting
TAPAS
homeschool
Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System
Advisors
Bacolod, Marigee
Ahn, Sae Young
Date of Issue
2021-03
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Survey and polling data suggest that the U.S. homeschooled student population is increasing. Annual Marine Corps enlistments of homeschool graduates are also rising after a provision contained in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act granted homeschoolers the same enlistment status as high school graduates. The purpose of this study is to determine how these trends impact Marine Corps recruiting efforts and whether homeschooled students differ significantly from the Marine Corps’ primary recruiting market, traditional high school graduates. Statistical variations between homeschool and high school graduates are analyzed by examining yearly observations of enlisted accessions from fiscal year 2011 through fiscal year 2020. Regression analysis is used to test for a distinguishable difference between Marines whose highest education credential is either a homeschool or high school diploma. Performance and quality are measured across mental, physical, and behavioral categories selected to represent the “whole Marine concept.” Results ultimately reveal no statistically observable difference exists between Marines who graduated from a traditional four-year high school and those who enlisted with a homeschool diploma.
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Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
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Approved for public release. distribution is unlimited
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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.
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