Evaluating the Effectiveness of Navy Medical Corps Accession Programs
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This study estimates and compares the retention rates of the various recruitment programs for the Navys Medical Corps officers. The study is designed to analyze whether current accession plans yield adequate retention rates to maintain the long-term viability of the Medical Corps. The data included 3,568 Medical Corps officers who accessed into the Navy between 1996 and 2006. For the purposes of this study, retention is defined as an officer staying one year past their initial minimum service obligation. Our results indicate that medical officers accessed via the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Direct Accession programs have higher retention rates compared to officers from the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship programs. These results hold true for female, male, and minority Medical Corps officers. Further research is recommended to fully quantify the cost of each accession program and their benefits on long- and short-term retention.
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