ERIC Number: ED457333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Benefits and Officer-Commissioning Opportunities Available to U.S. Military Servicemembers.
Thirtle, Michael R.
The educational benefits and officer-commissioning opportunities available to U.S. military service members were reviewed to identify ways of attracting college-eligible youth into the military. Data were collected through a review of published directives and reports, interviews with personnel within the military services, a review of historical information, and Internet research. The study focused on the following topics: (1) ways to join the active-duty military; (2) officer accession methods across the military services; (3) ways military personnel pursue voluntary education; (4) military sources for funding postsecondary education; and (5) the role of education in the military promotion process. The following were among the major conclusions drawn from the review: (1) the three primary sources of commissioned officers in the U.S. military are the federal service academies, the Reserve Officer Training Corps and Officer Training/Candidate School; (2) although enlisted personnel have several methods for earning officer commissions, the number of slots for the available programs is limited; (3) many opportunities exist for active-duty military personnel to further their civilian education; and (4) the importance of advanced education in the military promotion process is not transparent. (Thirty-four tables/figures are included. A brief description of the U.S. military is appended. Contains 59 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Armed Forces, College Bound Students, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Educational Benefits, Educational Finance, Educational Mobility, Educational Opportunities, Enrollment Influences, Fringe Benefits, Graduate Study, High Schools, Literature Reviews, Loan Repayment, Military Personnel, Military Service, Military Training, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Promotion (Occupational), Public Policy, Recruitment, Role of Education, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs, Tuition Grants, Veterans, Veterans Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Secretary of Defense (DOD), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Defense Research Inst., Santa Monica, CA.
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