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ERIC Number: ED504314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 222
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-4572-0
Military Enlistment of Hispanic Youth: Obstacles and Opportunities
Asch, Beth J.; Buck, Christopher; Klerman, Jacob Alex; Kleykamp, Meredith; Loughran, David S.
RAND Corporation
An implicit goal of Congress, the Department of Defense, and the armed services is that diversity in the armed services should approximate diversity in the general population. A key aspect of that diversity is the representation of Hispanics. Although polls of Hispanic youth show a strong propensity to serve in the military, Hispanics are nevertheless underrepresented among military recruits. The authors discuss the major characteristics that disproportionately disqualify Hispanic youth and explore the following questions: If recruiting standards were relaxed, what would be the effect on military performance? What actions could be taken to increase Hispanic enlistments? Finally, they examine several approaches to increasing enlistments -- increasing the number of Hispanic youth who are eligible and would meet the military's entry standards, increasing interest and recruiting more intensively among the qualified Hispanic population, and targeting recruiting toward less-qualified Hispanics. (Four appendices are included: (1) Detailed Information on Enlistment Standards; (2) Service Waiver Policy; (3) Estimates of Prevalence of Health Conditions, by Race and Ethnicity; and (4) Tests of Statistical Significance in Medical Disqualification Rates. Contains 50 figures and 77 tables Chapters and appendixes are individually footnoted.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: RAND National Defense Research Institute
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