NROTC four-year scholarship attrition: a descriptive analysis.
Cahill, Maureen M.
Crawford, Alice M.
Eitelberg, Mark J.
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The purpose of this thesis was to examine attrition behavior by individuals who have received Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) four-year national scholarships. Information on the attrition of students between 1983 and 1987 was derived from data provided by Chief of Naval Education and Training. Differences in attrition rates from NROTC were found by gender, racial/ethnic group, technical or non-technical college major, reason for disenrollment, and other factors. This study found NROTC patterns of attrition were similar to those of the college dropout, though attrition rates for certain demographic groups differed due to the unique nature of the NROTC program. Results also suggest that a major share of early attrition is driven by the policy that obligates students for Naval service. Further research is recommended to examine causal relationships between background and performance characteristics of students who disenroll from NROTC for motivational reasons.
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