Accession Number : ADA188564

Title :   National Service: Can We Afford It?

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : DeBode, Douglas J

PDF Url : ADA188564

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 72

Abstract : This thesis estimates the costs, implicit as well as explicit, of three National Service proposals. The three proposals examined were: 1) a completely voluntary system as presented by Donald Eberly, the Director of the National Service Secretariat; 2) a coercive-voluntary model developed by Richard Danzig and Peter Szanton in their book National Service: What Would it Mean?; and (3) a mandatory system similar to the military draft of the Vietnam War era. Costs included were: wages, medical benefits/coverage, GI Bill benefits, administrative costs, basic and specialized training costs, (i.e., opportunity) costs were included in Models Two and Three. Estimates were made only of the costs of the programs. The assessment of potential benefits from an untested program is even more problematic than the attempt to estimate economic costs and is beyond the scope of this thesis. Keywords: Theses; High costs.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *COST ESTIMATES, BENEFITS, COSTS, ECONOMICS, HIGH COSTS, MANAGEMENT, MEDICINE, SALARIES, THESES, TRAINING, VIETNAM, WARFARE, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, ALL VOLUNTEER, RECRUITS, COMPARISON

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE