Accession Number : ADA265480


Title :   Influences on the Military Enlistment Decision-Making Process: Findings from the 1991 Youth Attitude Tracking Study


Descriptive Note : Final Rept., Dec 90 - Feb 91,


Corporate Author : HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA


Personal Author(s) : Lerro, Pat ; Laurence, Janice H ; Ramsberger, Peter F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a265480.pdf


Report Date : May 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 93


Abstract : This report examines data from the 1991 Youth Attitude Tracking Study (YATS) survey concerning the influence of perceptions, people, and policies on the enlistment decision making process. The data examined include: stated reasons for and against enlisting; perceptions of the military in general military life, and the individual Services: the impact of current events on stated likelihood of enlisting; the influence of others with whom military service was discussed; knowledge of others currently serving, and; the projected influence of enlistment options and incentives. The goal is to provide a clearer picture of how youth perceive the military, and what factors may influence them towards or away from enlisting. YATS is an annual survey of approximately 10,000 men and women, aged 16-24. Respondents are identified through random selection of telephone numbers, and computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATIs) are used to collect the information. CATI presents questions on a computer screen to an interviewer to read over the telephone, and interviewers type responses into a database as they are given. This technology eliminates inappropriate questions based on a respond ent's earlier answers and identifies inconsistent responses during the interview. A key measure in YATS is self-reported enlistment propensity.


Descriptors :   *MOTIVATION , *RECRUITS , DECISION MAKING , JOB TRAINING , ADOLESCENTS , FEMALES , INTERVIEWING , YOUTH , SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY , PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY) , MANPOWER , SURVEYS , MALES


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE