The Entrepreneurial Army: A Survey of West Point Graduates

27 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2011

Date Written: January 4, 2011


Is the U.S. Army is an entrepreneurial organization? Are the most innovative officers recognized, promoted, and retained by the Army personnel system? Despite its capacity to attract and train superior leaders, the Army has been bleeding talent for decades. This paper reports the results of a survey of 250 West Point graduates which reveals the personnel problems are widespread. Over 90 percent of respondents believe the U.S. Army fails to retain half or more of its best officers, and a majority believes this harms national security and creates a less competent general officer corps.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Personnel, U.S. Army, National Security, Survey

JEL Classification: F52, J45, M5

Suggested Citation

Kane, Tim J., The Entrepreneurial Army: A Survey of West Point Graduates (January 4, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Tim J. Kane (Contact Author)

Hoover Institution ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-6010
United States

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