This is his summary:
It shows a positive correlation between NROTC and promotion to Maj, LtCol and Col; a negative correlation between OCS (OCC/PLC) and all three promotion rates; and is mixed for the Naval Academy and the various enlisted commissioning sources."
I keep on hearing cadets and West Point alums demanding data. OK, we've seen some. Now, do you have any evidence that academy grads make better officers? If not, why are we asking the taxpayer to pay almost three times as much for them?
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.