Military Enlistment of Hispanic Youth: Obstacles and Opportunities
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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An implicit goal of Congress, the Department of Defense, and the armed services is that diversity in the armed services should approximate diversity in the general population. A key aspect of that diversity is the representation of Hispanics. Although polls of Hispanic youth show a strong propensity to serve in the military, Hispanics are nevertheless underrepresented among military recruits. The authors discuss the major characteristics that disproportionately disqualify Hispanic youth and explore the following questions If recruiting standards were relaxed, what would be the effect on military performance What actions could be taken to increase Hispanic enlistments Finally, they examine several approaches to increasing enlistments--increasing the number of Hispanic youth who are eligible and would meet the militarys entry standards, increasing interest and recruiting more intensively among the qualified Hispanic population, and targeting recruiting toward less-qualified Hispanics.
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