The Millennial Generation and National Defense Attitudes of Future Military and Civilian Leaders

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-02
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
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The Millennial Generation and National Defence captures the views, values, and attitudes of today's youth - the Millennial generation - towards the military, war, national defence and foreign policy matters.

Surveying over five thousand American college students, ROTC cadets, and military academy cadets from eighteen states across ten years, the authors provide a unique insight into the attitudes of civilian and military Millennials at the intersection of the armed forces and society and toward the American military institution. Exploring a range of issues such as military professionalism, the military's role in American society and the world, and the role of women and the gay and lesbian community in the military, this study portrays a generation who, after the impact of 9/11, have narrowed the civilian-military divide and entered a new era of civil-military relations. It will be a valuable resource to scholars of Sociology, Psychology, International Relations and Military and Defence Studies.

Author Biography

Morten G. Ender is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, USA. He served as the Chair of the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association from 2005-2006.

David E. Rohall is Professor of Sociology at Western Illinois University, USA and is a Marine Corps veteran. He is Director of the Western Survey Research Center at Western Illinois University.

Michael D. Matthews is Professor of Engineering Psychology at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, USA. He served as President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Military Psychology from 2007-2008 and is a Templeton Foundation Senior Positive Psychology Fellow.

Table of Contents

1. Millennials on the Rise?
2. Millennials' Attitudes toward Military Service
3. Millennials' Attitudes on the US Armed Forces
4. Millennials and Wars: Iraq and Afghanistan
5. Millennials and Diversity in the Armed Forces
6. Conclusion
Appendix I
A Millennial: In Her Own Words
Appendix II
BASS Survey

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