ERIC Number: ED173584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Intentions of Women (18-25 Years Old) to Join the Military: Results of a National Survey.
Borack, Jules I.
In anticipation of the projected decline in the national population of young men and of expanding the role of women in the military, the Navy conducted a national telephone survey to gauge the interest of women and men in joining the military under present conditions and under three alternative options. The options related to expanding the role of women in terms of the physical location (ships, aricraft, combat zones) and nontraditional job classifications (mechanics, electronics) where they are likely to serve. Of those surveyed, 14 percent of the women and 16 percent of the men responded that they were "extremely,""very," or "quite" interested under current conditions. The Air Force was the military branch most preferred by both men and women, followed by the Navy, Army, and Marine Corps. The interest level of women in joining the military increased when an option involving training and service in nontraditional jobs for women was presented. When a similar option involving service on some ships, aircraft, or combat support areas was offered, interest declined but did not fall below interest levels under current conditions. A third option involving equal treatment to that received by men resulted in responses similar to those of the second option. The survey of men indicated increased interest in joining the military when the likelihood of serving with women was presented. (Author/LMS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.
Identifiers: Navy; United States