Selecting the brigade leadership at the United States Naval Academy: who are the stripers?
Fox, Jason P.
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This thesis examines the process of selecting the midshipmen leadership, or "stripers," at the United States Naval Academy. Using a qualitative approach, it gathers data from the current cohort of decision makers who select the stripers each semester regarding what they believe to be the desirable and undesirable qualities of striper candidates. Shifting to a quantitative approach, those qualities are then used to create variables using data from the Naval Academy classes of 1999 through 2002. A logistic regression is then estimated with the purpose of gauging if those qualities are, in fact, represented in the selectees. A model is presented which indicates that, by and large, the goals of the selection process are being met. Recommendations for minor policy adjustments and for further research are made based on the findings of both the qualitative and quantitative data.
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