ERIC Number: ED123405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of Youth Toward Military Service: A Comparison of Results of National Surveys Conducted in May 1971 and November 1971. Consulting Report.
Fisher, Allan H., Jr.
A comparative analysis of two surveys conducted in May 1971 and November 1971 to gather information on the attitudes of young male civilians (between 16-21 years) towards the military service is presented. Information was collected through interviews with 2,845 individuals in May and 1,960 individuals in November. The results of the surveys are presented for the following areas: (1) career goals--both surveys revealed that the most important occupational goals were pay and secure/steady employment; (2) global assessment of military service--an improvement in attitudes was revealed in the November survey; (3) image--no substantial changes in the image of the various Services was determined; (4) the active enlisted force--both surveys revealed that younger men were most likely to plan enlistment; (5) the active officer force--the November survey revealed a willingness among college juniors and seniors to volunteer as officers; (6) the Reserves/National Guard--a favorable reaction to join was evidenced in both surveys; (7) alternative concepts in military service--both surveys supported an all-volunteer military service; and (8) exposure to the military--both surveys revealed substantial exposure to the military service by respondents. Sample interview procedures and a discussion of the tolerance limits of the results are appended. (Author/EC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (DOD), Washington, DC. Directorate for Manpower Research.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.