Navy enlistment: an analysis of military entrance processing stations medical failures
Grimm, Brian C
Buttrey, Samuel E.
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In a given month up to 20% of the applicants sent to a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) by a recruiter do not enlist in the Navy. There are many reasons for these failures and they represent an expense. The thesis concerns medical failures, which can account for up to half of those applicant losses. Its objective centers on the analysis of the medical disqualifications that occurred at the MEPS. This analysis is broken into two main areas. The first is to differentiate between those Navy applicants who failed and those who did not fail to enter service on medical grounds. The second is to differentiate between those applicant characteristics which have stronger or weaker relationships toward weight failures, which represent the most common medical failure. To achieve these objectives the analysis focuses on all Department of Defense recruits who screened for service in the United States Navy during Fiscal Year 1995. The important factors, revealed by the analysis, are the main effects such as sex, race, age etc. Significant differences between the levels of a factor can be discovered when comparing the individual MEPS regions. Through this analysis a snapshot of applicant characteristics and medical failures is provide. It may aid Navy recruiting policy makers to revise applicant medical policies and procures
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