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Service over College: Does Military Service Act as a Bridge to Better Economic Opportunities For Post-9/11 Non-College Degreed Female Veterans?

Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2017-13
Lynda Laughlin and Kelly Ann Holder
Component ID: #ti1357449984

Introduction

This paper examines economic outcomes for Post-9/11 female veterans without college degrees. The number of women in the military today continues to rise as their role in our national defense continues to evolve. The educational and occupational training available in the military by itself may provide a pathway to financial stability for women who select military service over a traditional college degree. In this study, we investigate whether military service acts a bridge to better economic outcomes for non-college degreed women who served in the Post-9/11 period. We use data from the 2005, 2010, and 2015 American Community Surveys to examine the effect of time since separation from military service and the impact of economic downturns, such as the Great Recession, on the economic livelihood of Post-9/11 female veterans. Findings further our understanding of how these female veterans transition to civilian employment and the advantages and disadvantages of military training in the absence of a college degree.

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