TITLE

Young Men and Military Service (Book Review)

PUB. DATE
September 1974
SOURCE
Education;Fall74, Vol. 95 Issue 1, p84
SOURCE TYPE
Review
DOC. TYPE
Book Review
ABSTRACT
Young Men and Military Service. Youth in Transition. Volume V. J. Johnston, and J. G. Bachman. Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1972. 254 pp. This is the fifth in a series of monographs documenting the Youth in Transition project, a longitudinal study of young men conducted by the Survey Research Center, and under support from the U.S. Office of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of Defense. It is concerned with military enlistment behavior, attitudes toward military service, and prospects for an all-volunteer armed force. It was concerned with the knowledge, plans and attitudes of high school youth concerning military service, and the relationship of such factors to their entrance into military service. A guaranteed four year paid schooling in return for four years of military service serves as the best single incentive for enlistment. Such a guarantee would have the following advantages: (1) greater appeal than higher pay, (2) serve to attract the more intelligent persons, and (3) would provide men with greater self-esteem. The study began in 1966 and utilized over 2,000 subjects with additional questions asked in 1968, 1969, and 1970. The questions were asked when men were about ready to graduate from high school, and then a year after high school graduation. The appendix presents a specific plan for paid education as an enlistment incentive. Generally, he would receive $16,000 for paid education which he could take either before the military service, or after.
ACCESSION #
4719023

 

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