Home Schooled Kids Can’t Hack It in the military, says this Strategy Page item, reporting on a Department of Defense study which found “home schooled and alternative high school students did not last in the service as well as (traditional) high school grads.”
One thing you learn by finishing traditional high school, is how to get along in a group, a discipline yourself to get things done in a group, and to persevere as a group.
In fact, kids who spent four years in high school, but did not pass all their final exams, did better.
I suspect a closer look would find alternative high school graduates do very poorly as soldiers — these schools exist to serve students who reject group norms — while home-schooling graduates are a mixed bag. Some are students who come from “question authority” backgrounds or needed individual attention, though you’d think they’d be much less likely to enlist. Others come from authoritarian families, with Mom and Dad in charge.
Thanks to Richard Heddleson for the tip.