Evolution of the Marine officer fitness report: a multivariate analysis
Dunst, William L.
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This thesis explores the evaluation behavior of United States Marine Corps (USMC) Reporting Seniors (RSs) from 2010 to 2017. Using fitness report (FITREP) and demographic data, I examine measurable and observable characteristics of the Marine Reported On (MRO) and RS to examine how like and unlike RSs evaluate the performance of subordinate active component unrestricted officer MROs over time. I estimate logistic regression models of the probability an MRO is rated in the top third on the FITREP as a function of performance and non-performance-based traits. The estimated correlations suggest white MROs are rated most favorably relative to other races, particularly by white RSs; in contrast, non-white RSs rate non-white MROs relatively lowest. However, these correlations indicating the effects of race matching on FITREP evaluations narrow in significance when performance-based factors, such as education and combat experience, are accounted for. The strongest predictor of MRO top third FITREP outcome is education. In addition, the effect of education varies significantly across occupational fields, suggesting that certain fields value certain degree subjects more than other degree subjects. This thesis provides valuable insight into how the USMC could better match the talent of Marines to various supervisors with like and unlike characteristics.
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