Attracting College-Bound Youth into the Military: Toward the by Beth J. Asch

By Beth J. Asch

Even supposing the military's desire for enlisted team of workers has declined by means of nearly one-third because the finish of the chilly battle, the armed prone are finsind it diffficult to satisfy their recruiting pursuits. between ongoing alterations within the civilian exertions marketplace is a robust call for for experienced hard work, which has caused more and more prime quality formative years to pursue post-secondary schooling and next civilian employment. due to this pageant for prime quality formative years, the dept of security probably want to discover new innovations for attracting fascinating teens into the militia.

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Rebecca Kilburn Jacob A. Klerman Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Page iii Preface The armed services prefer to recruit high quality youth because they perform better and have lower attrition rates. Yet competition for this group is increasing because of fundamental changes in the civilian opportunities that these youth face. One of the most dramatic of these changes is the enormous increase in the relative returns from attending college that have occurred over the last 20 years.

Page 19 Chapter Four Military Opportunities for Combining Service and Post-Secondary Education The services offer a variety of programs to combine military service and post-secondary education, which allows them to respond to the competition posed by post-secondary institutions and the skilled civilian labor market. We next provide an overview of these programs and discuss the relative magnitude of the opportunities. S. Military Servicemembers, by Michael R. Thirtle (MR-981-OSD, forthcoming). The military offers five basic tracks for combining active duty service and post-secondary education: Officer track: The individual first attends a four-year college, and then enters the service as an officer.

In other words, the most important way to combine military service with college requires that service members leave the military. The fact that most MGIB participants obtain their education after separating implies that the military does not reap an active duty return on the most important college program that it offers. The return would come in the form of having more-educated and presumably more-productive active duty service members. Policy Options Given the challenges of the current recruiting environment outlined above, considering nontraditional policy options seems warranted.

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