PERCEPTIONS OF THE U.S. MILITARY 

Pilot Results 
 

 
Youth survey results
(asterisks denote common statements)
 

N-size = 5 

1. Joining the U.S. military is an option I would consider. 
 mean mode range 
2      1,3     1-3 

2. The militaryís educational benefits would help me attend or finish college. 
 2.8    1      1-5 

*3. The military is a great career for a young person in the United States. 
 2.6    3      2-3 

4. The U.S. military draws a great deal of respect in my community. 
 2.8    2,3      2-4 

*5. People in the United States respect those who serve in the military. 
 3.2   3,4   2-4 

*6. The U.S. military has a strong link to American society. 
 3.2   4    2-4 

7. I know people who joined the military. 
 3.8   4,5   1-5 

*8. Jobs involving computers and technology would draw more young people into the military. 
 3.2    4     1-5 

9. Stories in the media have given me a negative image of the military. 
 3.2    3     3-4 

*10. The military has lost touch with society. 
 3.4   3   3-4 

*11. The American people only care about their military when there is a war. 
 2.8    2    2-4 

12. Pay in the military isnít as good as what I could make in a regular job. 
 3.4     3   2-5 

13. I donít want to get sent to countries Iíve never heard of to help people I donít even know. 
 2.6   3    1-4 

*14. Young people today are too spoiled to handle the rigors of military life. 
 1.6   1    1-3 

15. I have confidence that the U.S. military can defend the nation adequately. 
 3.8   4    3-4 

16. My friends would make fun of me if I joined the military. 
 3.2   4    1-5 

*17. Lower standards of acceptance will solve the militaryís recruiting problems. 
 2.2   2,3    1-3 

*18. The internet is the key to attracting young people to the military. 
 2.6    3    1-4 

*19. More education benefits are needed to draw young people into the military services. 
 3.8    4    2-5 

20. My parents would never allow me to join the military. 
 3.2   5    1-5 

*21. The economy is too strong now for young people to consider the military as an option. 
 3.2   3    1-5 

*22. Young people in America arenít interested in living disciplined lives. 
 2.6   3    1-4 

*23. The idea of sacrificing for your country is an out-dated concept. 
 3    3    2-4 
  

General public survey results
(asterisks denote common statements)
 

N-size = 6 

1. The U.S. military is an effective organization. 
mean mode range 
 4.2    3    1-5 

2. The U.S. military is a good place to serve. 
 4.3    4     4-5 

*3. The military is a great career for a young person in the United States. 
 3.3     3    2-5 

4. The U.S. military draws a great deal of respect in my community. 
 3     2,3,4     2-4 

*5. People in the United States respect those who serve in the military. 
 3.6   3,4,5    3-5 

*6. The U.S. military has a strong link to American society. 
 3.5   2,5    2-5 

7. I admire people in my community who have served in the military. 
 4.3    4    4-5 

*8. Jobs involving computers and technology would draw more young people into the military. 
 4    4,5     4-5 

9. Images in the media have given me a negative image of the military. 
 3   3   1-5 

*10. The military has lost touch with society. 
 2.8    3,4    1-4 

*11. The American people only care about their military when there is a war. 
 3.7    4    2-5 

12. Service members are overpaid because of the benefits they receive. 
 1.8   2    1-2 

13. The U.S. military is not being used properly when it is used as a police force for the world. 
 3.2    4    1-5 

*14. Young people today are too spoiled to handle the rigors of military life. 
 3.2   4    2-4 

15. I have confidence that the U.S. military can defend the nation adequately. 
 4.3   4   4-5 

16. People who join the military couldnít make it in regular society. 
 2   1    1-4 

*17. Lower standards of acceptance will solve the militaryís recruiting problems. 
 2   1    1-4 

*18. The internet is the key to attracting young people to the military. 
 2.5    2,3    2-3 

*19. More education benefits are needed to draw young people into the military services. 
 4.2   4    4-5 

20. I know many people who are bitter about their experiences in the military. 
 2.3    2    1-4 

*21. The economy is too strong now for young people to consider the military as an option. 
 3.3    4    1-4 

*22. Young people in America arenít interested in living disciplined lives. 
 4   4    3-5 

*23. The idea of sacrificing for your country is an out-dated concept. 
 2.2    2    2-4 

Senior leadership survey 
(asterisks denote common statements)
 

N-size = 5 

1. The U.S. military is as effective as it was when I joined. 
mean mode range 
 4.2    5    2-5 

2. The U.S. military is as good a place to serve as it was when I joined. 
 4.2    5    2 

*3. The military is a great career for a young person in the United States. 
 4.2   4,5    3-5 

4. The U.S. military draws a great deal of respect around the world. 
 4.8   5    4-5 

*5. People in the United States respect those who serve in the military. 
 3.6   4    2-5 

*6. The U.S. military has a strong link to American society. 
 4.4   5   2-5 

7. Service to your country should be obligatory for young people in the United States. 
 3.6    3,5     2-5 

*8. Jobs involving computers and technology would draw more young people into the military. 
 3.8     4     3-4 

9. If the military paid better, more people would join. 
 3.6    4    3-4 

*10. The military has lost touch with society. 
 2.8   1    1-5 

*11. The American people only care about their military when there is a war. 
 3.4    2,4    2-5 
 

12. Service membersí benefits make up for lower salaries than those in the civilian world. 
 2   1,3    1-3 

13. The current operations tempo will drive service members out of the military. 
 3.8   4    2-5 

*14. Young people today are too spoiled to handle the rigors of military life. 
 3.4   4    2-4 

15. Todayís military is prepared to meet any contingency worldwide. 
 3.8   5    2-5 

16. The service members in todayís military are more motivated than when you joined. 
 2.4   2    2-4 

*17. Lower standards of acceptance will solve the militaryís recruiting problems. 
 1.6    2    1-2 

*18. The internet is the key to attracting young people to the military. 
 3    3    2-4 

*19. More education benefits are needed to draw young people into the military services. 
 3    2,4    2-4 

20. Family pressures are driving people out of the military. 
 4   4   4 

*21. The economy is too strong now for young people to consider the military as an option. 
 2.4    2    2-3 

*22. Young people in America arenít interested in living disciplined lives. 
 3.2    3,4    2-4 

*23. The idea of sacrificing for your country is an out-dated concept. 
 2.8    2     2-4 
 
 

 
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