Accession Number:

ADA426874

Title:

Enlistment Propensities of University Students

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jun 2001-Aug 2002

Corporate Author:

NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

Enlistment propensities of undergraduates were assessed through surveys conducted at Northwestern University, University of Arizona, University of California-Los Angeles, and University of Illinois-Chicago. The core finding was that there is a definite, albeit limited, population that would be amenable to a short enlistment option - 18 months -- coupled with educational benefits. Enlistment propensity was positively correlated with having a friendrelative with military experience, student debt, and the probability of serving overseas. Political orientation was not correlated with enlistment propensity. The overall conclusion supports a dual-market approach in recruitment. Namely, incentives attractive to high socio-economic status youth differ from those conventionally aimed at working-class youth. Recommendations include 1 incorporate social psychological theories in recruitment analyses to counterbalance prevailing econometric approaches, 2 rely more on veterans who were not career soldiers for recruiters, 3 aim advertisement at veterans to influence younger relatives and friends to enlist, 4 emphasize military service as a rewarding change of pace between undergraduate and graduate school or between school and career.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE