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

By Beth J. Asch

Even if the military's desire for enlisted body of workers has declined through nearly one-third because the finish of the chilly struggle, the armed prone are finsind it diffficult to fulfill their recruiting ambitions. between ongoing adjustments within the civilian exertions industry is a sturdy call for for knowledgeable exertions, which has triggered progressively more prime quality early life to pursue post-secondary schooling and next civilian employment. due to this pageant for prime quality formative years, the dept of safety should want to discover new recommendations for attracting fascinating youngsters into the militia.

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Post-secondary education and service are simultaneous. Each track consists of a multitude of programs, and the level of benefits associated with each program as well as the design of the various programs have changed over time. Nonetheless, the basic structure of these tracks, with the exception of the college-enlisted track, has remained unchanged since 1980 or even longer in some cases. The first and fourth tracksthose related to becoming an officerserve relatively few service members. For example, only some 17,000 individuals became an officer in FY96, accounting for 8 percent of all accessions into the military.

In the fall of FY85, about 23 percent of these youth said that they wanted to go to graduate school. This figure more than doubled by the fall of FY97. A. degree or a two-year college degree. Costs and Financial Aid Opportunities The enormous growth in the real cost of attending a post-secondary educational institution has been another major trend in post-secondary education. 1, which presents the average real cost of attending public and private two- and four-year colleges in 1985 and 1995. 1 Average Cost of Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges (1998 dollars)Tuition and Fees ($)Board and Dormitory ($)19851995% change19851995% changePublic:Two-year college8791,304483,3453,2283Four-year college2,0853,257563,7814,47918Private:Two-year college5,2447,500434,0904,5822Four-year college10,29615,851545,1167,10139SOURCE: Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1996.

Numerically, this track is quite small. 2 shows the percentage of non-prior-service enlisted accessions in FY88 and FY96 with more than a high school education. 4 percent of non-prior-service enlisted personnel entered with more than high school in FY88. 0 percent in FY96. These figures vary with service. 4 percent of Air Force enlistees entered with some college. The figures were even smaller among Navy and Marine Corps enlistees. As noted earlier, the services allow individuals with some college to enter the military at a higher pay grade.

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