Accession Number : ADP000821

Title :   Citizenship and Military Service in America.

Corporate Author : MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Segal,David R.

Report Date : 25 MAR 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : The recent improvement in accession quality in the American forces is not due to the policy of maintaining an all-volunteer force, but rather to the youth unemployment rate, and to accession standards that were adjusted in response to that rate. An improvement in the nation's economic health can rapidly lead to a deterioration in the intellectual quality of the armed forces. But if the armed forces can use no more than 26,000 draftees, how can we increase the number who serve? I suggest that it be done by embedding the notion of military service in a broader matrix of national service, in which doing something for the nation service, in which doing something for the nation becomes a normative part of American life. It may not be a cost-effective way of meeting specifically military manpower problems, but I believe it will make us a healthier nation. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Military training, *Military personnel, *Research management, *Military force levels, *Combat effectiveness, All volunteer, Unemployment, Personnel selection, Group dynamics, Social psychology, Manpower utilization, Econometrics, Cost effectiveness

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE