Accession Number : ADA448570
Title : Early Results on Activations and the Earnings of Reservists
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
Personal Author(s) : Klerman, Jacob A ; Loughran, David S ; Martin, Craig
Report Date : Jan 2005
Pagination or Media Count : 62
Abstract : In conducting the Global War on Terrorism, the Department of Defense (DoD) has relied heavily on the reserve components. A large fraction of the reserve force has been activated at least once since September 11, 2001, and many of these activations have lasted for more than a year. This more intensive use of the Reserves has been accompanied by concerns that many reservists suffer substantial financial losses as a result of being activated. This report describes research using a sample of Army and Air Force reservists activated in 2001 and 2002 for the Global War on Terrorism. For those reservists, the authors combine information on civilian earnings from Social Security Administration (SSA) data for 2001 with information on military earnings from DoD administrative files to construct an estimate of the effect of activation on the earnings of reservists. Their measure of military earnings includes pay, allowances, and an approximation to the value of the federal tax preference accorded military allowances and military pay received while serving in a combat zone. The sample of reservists on which this report relies is not ideal and constrains the authors' methodological approach in a number of important ways. A final document will employ a more comprehensive sample of reservists and report results from a more complete set of analyses. Those follow-on analyses will employ data on civilian earnings for all reservists for 2000 through 2003 and military earnings through 2004. This expanded database will allow them to consider Navy and Marine reservists, incorporate better controls for observed and unobserved heterogeneity, analyze a larger sample, and provide more disaggregated estimates of earnings impacts attributable to activation.
Descriptors : *MILITARY RESERVES , *DEPLOYMENT , *ACTIVATION , *ARMY PERSONNEL , *SALARIES , *COMBAT FORCES , *AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , ACTIVE DUTY , AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , IRAQI WAR , PAYMENT , ESTIMATES
Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
Personnel Management and Labor Relations
Military Forces and Organizations
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE