The Navy's Delayed Entry Program: a study of the effectiveness of preparing recruits for basic training
Nell, John Dennis
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In FY-97, over 14 percent of all recruits who entered basic training attrited and nearly one-third of these were due to motivational problems. Could adequate training in the Navy's Delayed Entry Program (DEP) provide the necessary tools to prepare recruits for basic training and reduce attrition? This thesis examines the DEP's effectiveness in preparing recruits for basic training. It examines how well the recruits were prepared; the types of training conducted; how effectively the recruits perceived their training to be while in the DEP; use of the DEP Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS); DEP meetings; and required recruiter/recruit weekly contact. Recruits at basic training were surveyed on various questions that pertained to their time in the DEP. The findings showed that training is not being conducted in the DEP. DEP PQS is not utilized as a primary training guide. Over one-third of the recruits sampled indicated that they were not told what to expect at basic training. Finally, over one-third of the recruits felt that the DEP did not prepare them for basic training. Recommendations were made to improve training in the DEP
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