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ERIC Number: ED406631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 16
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Military Enlistment Propensity: New Directions for Research.
Legree, Peter J.; Pifer, Mark
Since the advent of the all volunteer force, the U.S. military has supported research to monitor, understand, and influence the propensity of American youth to enlist in the military. Interest in understanding determinants of military enlistment has increased since 1992 due to the shrinking size of the available youth cohort, competing demands for these youth, and increasing difficulty in meeting military recruitment goals. These trends are likely to continue because personnel accession goals are projected to slowly increase over the next five years. Past research has identified a number of constructs and variables that relate to military enlistment and self-reported propensity to join the military. These variables include the following: economic factors, demographic variables, recruit-reported motivations, attitudes and behaviors relating to career options, the role of important influencers such as parents and peers, military advertising, and enlistment incentives. Less research addressed the role of variables that are conceptually related to military enlistment but pose measurement problems such as general cognitive ability and knowledge of the military. The role of these variables in the enlistment decision is discussed and preliminary military lifestyle knowledge scales are described. (Author/LSR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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