An initial analysis of the Navy's Sea College Program.
McManus, Thomas M.
Mehay, Stephen L.
Eitelberg, Mark J.
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This thesis is an initial examination of the Navy's Sea College Program (SCP) that was offered as an enlistment incentive in fiscal 1987. The research attempts to determine if the SCP had a positive influence on the number or "quality" of enlistments into the Navy's general detail (GENDET) personnel ratings by examining the records of recruits from fiscal 1983 to 1989. Levels of recruit "quality" were measured during the time the SCP was offered using mean percentile scores on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) and scores on SCREEN, a method for estimating an individual's potential for successful service. A literature review was also undertaken to identify existing information on the value of an educational benefit plan as an enlistment incentive. The results of the research show that enlistments into GENDET ratings increased when the SCP was offered, especially for the Fireman rating. In addition, the results reveal that the level of recruit quality significantly improved in the Seaman and Airman ratings. It appears that the SCP was moderately successful in helping the Navy to recruit high-quality youths for assignment to GENDET occupations. Further research on the SCP is recommended.
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