A Study of the Regular Officer Training Plan Using Gender-Based Analysis Plus: Phase 1


  1. Scoppio G.
  2. Otis, N.
  3. Yan, Y.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada requested a study to examine whether gender bias exists in the recruiting and selection process for the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP), with a focus on recruits destined for the Canadian Military Colleges (CMCs). The research design and analysis were guided by the Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) framework. This Scientific Report focuses on the Phase 1 of the project, which involved informal consultations and an analysis of secondary data. A total of 18 informal consultations were conducted with identified stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to gain insights, knowledge, and information to assist in the research project development. Secondary data analysis was conducted to examine female representation in the ROTP and potential gender differences in the following areas: gender differences in enrolment in preferred occupations/programmes, academic performance, and reasons for leaving the ROTP. Gender differences were also examined in relation to other intersecting demographics when possible. Results revealed that female representation among ROTP applicants and recruits has declined from 2003 to 2016. Further, female representation among ROTP applicants is higher than among ROTP recruits. In terms of gender differences, female Officer Cadets enrolled at CMCs are less likely to be assigned to their first choice of occupation and programme than their male counterparts, which suggests that the availability of preferred ch

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Gender-based analysis;Recruiting;military colleges
Report Number
DRDC-RDD-2018-R166 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2018
Number of Pages
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