Youth Attitudes Toward the Military: Poll One
WIRTHLIN WORLDWIDE RESTON VA
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This report presents the results of the first youth poll in a series that looked at propensity, employment status, education status, impressions of the military, attitudes toward teams, influencers and the decision making process, and level of satisfaction with personal life. Computer assisted telephone interviews CATI were conducted with 2,010 youth ages 15 -21. When asked what they think they might be doing in the next few years, youth most often mentioned going to school 58 and working 54. Only 4 percent of youth volunteered that they might be joining the military. Overall, youth mentioned family, friends and acquaintances, and movies and television most often as influencing their impression of the military. Other sources that influenced youths impression of the military included advertisements commercials, collegeschool and military recruiters and personnel. Overall, youth reported being satisfied with their current lives and optimistic about their futures. With the exception of I would change nothing about my current life, approximately three-quarters or more of all youth agreed with all the life satisfaction statements.
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