Chapter 1. Who Joins the Military and Why?

Today’s military is an all-volunteer active-duty, reserve, and guard force consisting of men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, regional, and educational backgrounds. One could easily argue that the military is a well-represented microcosm of larger society. And like our larger society, members of the military are motivated by myriad psycho-social-political reasons for selecting a first job or career. This chapter provides a brief overview of what types of people join the military, why they join, and what impact these variables have in the classroom.

Demographics

Since the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, approximately 23 million men and ...

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