The Five Service Academies:

A Followup Report

FPCD-77-78: Published: Nov 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 1977.

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A followup review of the actions taken on recommendations made in reports on the service academies' student attrition, academic and military programs, and financial operations showed that the academies appear to be making changes in their environments to eliminate demotivational aspects associated with attrition and to establish programs to motivate their students. The service academies include the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

The academies now recognize that many entering students are not committed to a military career. Academic and military programs have improved, and some actions have been taken to reduce operating costs, although much more needs to be done. Even though attrition rates are lower, the factors causing attrition still need to be watched.

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