THE EMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL
BUREAU OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH INC WASHINGTON DC
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Civilian employment for men retiring from the American military service is a manpower topic that is receiving continually greater attention. Current policies tacitly assume the possibility of smooth transfers from the military to the civilian sector for a steadily growing number of physically able military retirees an estimated 1 million by 1980. This report deals with the most comprehensive study yet undertaken of the employment transition from military to civilian life by a portion of this large reservoir of trained manpower. The primary interest here is in the intrinsic significance of the problems of this segment of the national labor force. The problems faced by men seeking civilian employment following military careers of 20 years or more, and the methods they employ in the process, may also have much relevance for the growing number of civilians who similarly need to make a change in career during the middle years. One specific objective of the study was to determine the extent to which specific occupational skills have high or low transferability from military to civilian occupations, and the implications of these findings for needed training and retraining programs.
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