Accession Number:

ADA181831

Title:

The Sociology of the Army Reserves: A Preliminary Assessment

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. Jan-Dec 1986

Corporate Author:

NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

This research note outlines the ways that conventional military sociology does or does not apply to the active duty forces. Statistical data received from social background variables and attitude surveys reveal that the Guard and the Reserves are more top heavy in grade distribution than the active force, and they are older that the active force and Reserves are better educated than the Guard, and have more female and minority-group members that prior-service entrants in the Guard and Reserves are much more likely to score high in mental tests than non-prior service entrants, they are also better educated dissatisfaction with service life is much higher in reserve forces than in the active force. The data show that, rather than viewing the reservist as part of a moonlighting labor force, we must face the truth. Reserve duty conflicts with family concerns, and causes problems for reservists with their civilian employers, as they ask for released time to fulfill military requirements. These factors create major disincentives to joining the reserve forces. Keywords Attitude survey, Job satisfaction, Recruitment, Personnel retention, Manpower.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE