Military service and military vocational training effects on post-service earnings
Bolin, Phil Warren
- Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Veterans post-service earnings | Economic benefits from military service | Management | Military vocational training | Vocational training
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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