BRAIN DRAIN?
A U.S. Marine Corps candidate assigned to Lima Company, Officer Candidates School, back crawls through an obstacle while navigating through the combat course at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 4, 2014.
A U.S. Marine Corps candidate assigned to Lima Company, Officer Candidates School, back crawls through an obstacle while navigating through the combat course at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 4, 2014.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe

Is The Performance Of Marine Corps Officers On The Decline?

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A study by Matthew Cancian and Michael Klein of the Fletcher School at Tufts University shows that the Marine Corps may be seeing a decline in the performance of its commissioned officers. The study, which was published in July, shows that new Marine officers who took an IQ test did substantially worse — scoring 10 percent less — than new officers who took the test 35 years ago. The test, called a general classification test, dates back to World War II and is considered to be a good gauge of an officer’s military potential, so low scores are understandably alarming.

The research also points to a possible brain drain within the service, where officers from more prestigious schools or with better academic performance are leaving military service at a quicker pace than their peers.

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