Accession Number : ADA307414

Title :   The Effects of the Utilization of Graduate Education on Promotion and Executive Officer/Command Screening in the Surface Community: 1986-1994.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Fuchs, Kim L.

PDF Url : ADA307414

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : This thesis examines the effect of graduate education on the career progression of Navy surface warfare officers. The probability of promotion to LCDR (O-4), CDR (O-5) and CAPT (O-6) grades as well as the probability of screening for XO and CO are used as career progression milestones. The analysis examines the effect on career outcomes of a graduate education background in general, differences in the effect of holding a Navy-funded graduate degree versus a non-funded degree, and whether the funded degree was in a technical or non-technical curricula. The thesis also investigates the effect of utilization of graduate education on career progression. Finally, the thesis examines the determinants of who decides to pursue (or is chosen to attend) a funded graduate program. The results support the conclusion that officers who select (or are selected for) the graduate education program have stronger undergraduate backgrounds and stronger job performance early in their careers. These traits raise a question of selection bias, since officers who have graduate education may have been more likely to promote even if they did not have graduate education. A test for selection bias was developed and incorporated in the career progression models. The results indicate that a fully funded graduate degree has a positive effect on the selected measures of career progression. The probability of promotion to O-6 was higher for officers who utilized their graduate degrees as an O-5 compared to those who utilized earlier in their careers. Finally, officers with non-technical graduate majors had a higher probability of promoting than those with technical majors.

Descriptors :   *NAVAL PERSONNEL, *OFFICER PERSONNEL, *PROMOTION(ADVANCEMENT), DATA BASES, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, COMPETITION, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, DECISION MAKING, EDUCATION, SKILLS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), COMPARISON, PROBABILITY, THESES, CAREERS, SHIP PERSONNEL, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, PERSONNEL SELECTION, EXECUTIVES, MILITARY COMMANDERS, BIAS, JOB ANALYSIS, GRADE STRUCTURE(PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT), GRADUATES, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE