The system will be going down for regular maintenance at 8:30 AM EST September 24, 2014. Expected downtime is less than 5 minutes.

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Feaver, Peter D en_US
dc.contributor.author Cohn, Lindsay P. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-02T16:33:24Z
dc.date.available 2008-01-02T16:33:24Z
dc.date.issued 2007-09-28 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/429
dc.description Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract Contemporary militaries depend on volunteer soldiers capable of dealing with advanced technology and complex missions. An important factor in the successful recruiting, retention, and employment of quality personnel is the set of personnel policies which a military has in place. It might be assumed that military policies on personnel derive solely from the functional necessities of the organization's mission, given that the stakes of military effectiveness are generally very high. Unless the survival of the state is in jeopardy, however, it will seek to limit defense costs, which may entail cutting into effectiveness. How a state chooses to make the tradeoffs between effectiveness and economy will be subject to influences other than military necessity. In this study, I argue that military personnel management policies ought to be a function of the interaction between the internal pressures of military mission and the external pressures of the national economic infrastructure surrounding the military. The pressures of military mission should not vary significantly across advanced democratic states, but the national market economic type will. Using written policy and expert interview data from five countries, this study analyzes how military selection, accessions, occupational specialty assignment, and separations policies are related to the country's educational and training system, the significance of skills certification on the labor market, and labor flexibility. I evaluate both officers and enlisted personnel, and I compare them across countries and within countries over time. I find that market economic type is a significant explanatory variable for the key military personnel policies under consideration, although other factors such as the size of the military and the stakes of military effectiveness probably also influence the results. Several other potential explanatory factors such as the ease of recruiting appear to be subordinate to market economic type in predicting policy. en_US
dc.format.extent 2222575 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Political Science, International Law and Relations en_US
dc.subject Military Studies en_US
dc.subject military personnel en_US
dc.subject military recruiting en_US
dc.subject education and training en_US
dc.subject labor markets en_US
dc.title Who Will Serve? Education, Labor Markets, and Military Personnel Policy en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.department Political Science en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record