Source Stats Through 2004 - Processing
Flag's Processing Stats are Up from 2003, Down from the 80s and 90s
Processing is the single most important category to watch at Flag. It accounts for fully 50% of all completions reported in Source, and covers both lower-level processing, including the Grades and Clear, and upper-level processing, including all OT levels except OT VIII (which is only available on the Freewinds). It also includes the expensive L Rundowns - L 10, L 11, and L 12 - which are only available at Flag.
Although Processing completions for 2004 show a one-year uptrend (stats fell from 2002 to 2003), Flag has shown higher Processing completions in many previous years. Annual completions were higher during each of the six years from 1986 to 1991, which is particularly remarkable given that the Solo Auditor Certainty Courses were not added to the list of services until 1996 (as part of the Golden Age of Tech) - the Certainty Courses make up 20% of all completions during the past 10 years. Total Processing completions at Flag were also higher in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1998 than they were in 2004.
Lower-Level Processing Services
Entry-level services can be done at many orgs and missions, while Flag concentrates on high-level services, some of which are exclusive to Flag. Nevertheless, entry-level processing accounts for about 15% of all processing completions. The graph illustrates how much these services have fallen off - while stats for all these services are, predictably, lower than the 1989 peak, they are also well down from levels in the late 1990s.
Scientology Grades Completions
The Scientology Grades are the main levels on the road to Clear. The graph shows two unexpected surges in Grades completions well after the late 1980s peak - one in 1995 and another in 1998. Stats for these levels crashed in 2000. While 2004 completions are well up from 2000, annual completions in the late 1990s were generally much higher, when they were often double or triple their 2004 levels.
Clear and Sunshine Rundown Completions
While Clear attests and completions of the subsequent Sunshine Rundown are up slightly from 2003, they remain lower than 2002 numbers, and are just half of 1993 levels.
Solo Auditor Courses
This is one area where Flag shows signs of a genuine, fairly steady uptrend. Following a slow, wavering decline from the 1989 peak to a low in 1997, stats for these two courses have followed an up-and-down climb.
OT Preparations and OT Eligibility
These two services, prerequisites to the OT Levels, have been bucking up and down since the early 90s. 2004 OT Preparations are up a bit over 2003, while OT Eligibility completions are down from 2003. Both statistics are about half the peak level of 1989.
Like so many Flag statistics, these stats show the usual 1989 peak, followed by a long decline, then an upward climb. However, the two highest levels - OT VI and New OT VII Solo NOTs - have shown little stability. OT VI is up from 2003 but still lower then 2002 totals, while 2004 OT VII completions are down from 2003.
Solo NOTs Certainty Courses
This graph must give pause to Scientology execs and Flag staff. The Solo NOTs Auditor Certainty Courses are required for all pre-OTs on OT VI, OT VII, and OT VIII. After a large number of completions when they were introduced in the late 1990s, completions have waned dramatically, and the very low numbers seen throughout the 2000s are currently on a downward trend.
The L Rundowns
The three L Rundowns are very expensive, and they are only available at Flag. Current annual completions are about half what they were during most of the 1985-1995 period, and completions for L 10 and L 11 have declined since 2003. (L 12 has stayed steady, with 64 completions in 2003 and again in 2004.)
The following table shows completion tallies for Processing at Flag, Scientology's world headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, based on completions listed in Source magazine. I've broken the table into two sections to reduce the page width.
Source Processing Completion Statistics, 1976 - 2004
This page was last updated on February 11, 2005 by Kristi Wachter.