Military service and military vocational training effects on post-service earnings

Doctoral thesis English OPEN
Bolin, Phil Warren (1980)
  • Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
  • Subject: Veterans post-service earnings | Economic benefits from military service | Management | Military vocational training | Vocational training
    mesheuropmc: education | health care economics and organizations

Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. The influence of military service and military vocational training on post-service earnings was analyzed using the National Longitudinal Survey of young men (14-24 years of age in 1966) . When individuals were classified by their propensity to use training neither military service nor military vocational training was a significant determinant of post-service earnings. A disaggregation of the sample IQ revealed that military service may be a proxy for ability level rather than a positive determinant of post-service earnings. Veterans who did not qualify for vocational training appear to suffer a post-service wage loss due to foregone civilian job tenure which is relatively important to individuals who do not take vocational training. The survey was conducted from 1966 to 1973. During this time the U.S. economy was expanding. Increasingly over the period of the survey a larger percentage of higher educated individuals were choosing to enter the labor market without prior vocational training. This suggests that good employment prospects successfully tempted individuals to forego vocational training and enter the labor market directly. This indicates the importance of current wage levels to an individual' s decision regarding training and employment. Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy
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