An examination of two formal school initial specialized training pipelines with respect to retention
Commons, Norbert Anthony, Jr.
Hartman, J. K.
Larson, Harold J.
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This thesis examines two formal school initial specialized training pipelines in order to determine if the present distribution of personnel in these pipelines could be modified to yield a higher retention rate. Over 80% of bootcamp graduates go directly to an initial specialized training "A" school while only about 3% take the delayed school pipeline and return to "A" school after having been to a fleet assignment following bootcamp. After making an adjustment to account for the loss that occurred during this time delay for the delayed school pipeline, a regression analysis was done to determine the effect of certain demographic characteristics on retention. The regression was then used in combination with the loss adjustment to predict the marginal retention rate of individuals shifted from the direct to the delayed pipeline. It was found that marginal retention rate could be increased nearly 50% by greater utilization of the delayed training pipeline and at a significant reduction in training load. Such a shift would also result in a more preferable manning profile in the fleet because it produces more untrained sailors with less than one year experience where presently shortages result in "A" school graduates being initially assigned menial tasks outside their specialty.
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