Pathways to the All-Volunteer Military

Journal Article (Academic article)

Objectives: The present study investigates the role of a disadvantaged background, the lack of social connectedness, and behavioral problems in channeling young men to the opportunities of the all-volunteer military instead of to college and the labor market. Methods: Data from three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in the United States. The analytic sample consists of 6,938 white, black, and other males. Results: The greatest likelihood of military service over college and the labor force occurs when young men of at least modest ability come from disadvantaged circumstances , experience minimal connectedness to non-military others , and report a history of adolescent fighting.. Discussion: Findings suggest the importance of access to post-high school education and worklife opportunities as a military service incentive for less advantaged young men in the all volunteer era.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Elder, J; Glen, H; Lin, W; Naomi, JS; Daniel, A; Tyson, B

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

  • Social Science Quarterly

Volume / Issue

  • 91 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 455 - 475