Student Attrition at the Five Federal Service Academies

FPCD-76-12: Published: Mar 5, 1976. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1976.

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While some attrition is normal, student attrition at the five Federal service academies has been high in recent years.

GAO identified several factors which contribute to attrition, including: national economic conditions, and the 2-year service obligation which students have who drop out in the last 2 years at their academy. Most academy research studies on attrition have been concerned with the characteristics of students at the time of entry. GAO is concerned that the emphasis on selection method of reducing attrition can narrow, in the long run, the diversity of entering students and academy graduates.

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