School for Social Work
This is an exploratory study of American veterans' decisions to join the military. Nine veterans from various branches of the military were interviewed regarding their decision process and what factors influenced their decision to join, including how they decided which branch to join, peoples' reactions to their decision, and how they reflect on their decision now. They were also asked their opinion on whether veterans today are receiving the services or acknowledgement that they think they should be getting. Participants were from various war eras and ranged in age from 24 to 88. Major findings regarding the decision to join were patriotism, a strong sense of duty towards one's country, avoiding the draft, and new opportunities, such as job training and the GI Bill. Patriotism and sense of duty did not mean a desire to fight or kill people, and was interpreted as a willingness to accept those risks that accompany joining the military
Brogden, Kelly Alexis, ""They were neither typical..nor unique" : an exploratory study of enlistment decisions of American veterans from past to present" (2008). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.