Analysis of advancement and attrition in the Military Ceremonial Units.
Hostetler, Elizabeth S.
Read, Robert R.
Buttrey, Samuel E.
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The Navy's Ceremonial Guard, the Air Force Honor Guard, the Army's Old Guard and the Marine Barracks, Washington are specially dedicated units that provide ceremonial personnel for official functions including funeral details, foreign dignitary arrivals, color guards and drill teams. The majority of the members are volunteers selected from recruit training or the immediate follow-on training to begin a two to three year tour with the appropriate ceremonial unit while putting their normal career progression on hold. Information on individuals who entered the military service during fiscal years 1986 to 1995 and were assigned to one of the ceremonial units was collected. The distribution of the time required to advance from paygrade E3 to E4, from E4 to E5 and from E5 to E6 as well as attrition (voluntary or involuntary) from the same paygrades for the ceremonial members was compared to the same information from service specific comparative random samples. The analysis seeks and details any effects on a service member's career for time spent with a ceremonial unit. The most conspicuous conclusion was that Navy Ceremonial Guard members in paygrade E3 had a higher attrition rate, a lower advancement rate and took longer to attain their advancements to paygrade E4 than did their random sample counterparts. Affects for other service and paygrade combinations appear relatively insignificant
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