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An examination of the relation of efficiency of current Department of Defense (DoD) standards for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) detachments. This work, part of a larger study of ROTC management, was undertaken in response to a congressional request to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Logistics). After describing the current standards and the reasons for the request, the authors discuss measures of efficiency and show that the current standard fails to single out some inefficient units and discriminates against some that are efficient. Additional analyses lead the authors to the conclusion that criteria for detachment viability should deal with several measures of efficiency, rather than with a single measure, as does the current standard. They recommend that the military services specify measures of ROTC participant quality and improve their ROTC management data in other ways. The note discusses further research that will be conducted for this study. 46 pp. Ref. (Author)

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