Public Organization Review

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 109–134 | Cite as

Career Patterns in the U.S. Army Officer Corps

  • Victor P. Corona


In order to examine the careers of high attaining personnel in a large organizational labor market, variation in 5,114 U.S. Army officer careers is shown to be reducible to a small number of career rhythms with similar speeds in attainment of promotions and credentials. Early promotion to captain, early awarding of a temporary higher rank during war, and career entry close to the onset of war are consistently associated with “star” careers. This finding suggests that career outcomes are driven by temporal proximity to exogenous events like wars and cumulative advantage processes in which benefits accrue to early achievements.


Careers Leadership Military Organizations Personnel management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center on Organizational InnovationColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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