ERIC Number: ED371216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Military: Purveyor of Fine Skills and Comportment for a Few Good Men. EQW Working Papers WP25.
Laurence, Janice H.
The military is the largest educational and training institution in the United States and perhaps the world. Tangible benefits tied to military service include competitive pay, health care, paid vacation, and other perquisites. Compared to the civilian sector, the military has relatively more technicians, operators, mechanics, repairers, and transporters. A comparison of entry-level military jobs and civilian jobs shows that the former are rated as more complex. In addition, women and minorities have made considerable progress and enjoy more or less full-fledged member status, which includes equal rank, pay, and benefits. One of the most important benefits associated with the military is the opportunity to get an education. Furthermore, military educational benefits and effects do not end with time in service. Less tangible benefits are also associated with military service. Aside from solidifying and expanding basic academic and vocational skills, affiliation with the military imparts work attitudes and behaviors that are important factors in job performance and valued by employers in all sectors. As the military downsizes, employers will find at least in the short run a supply of able and valuable people to hire. Perhaps the biggest implication of downsizing for the work force is that the extensive opportunities provided by the armed forces will be open to fewer people. (Appendixes include 3 endnotes and 30 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, Philadelphia, PA.