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Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Defense. Defense Manpower Data Center
This round of the Youth Attitude Tracking Survey, a series of surveys begun in 1975, investigated youth attitudes towards military enlistment and their perceptions of the military and recruitment marketing activities. In addition, the survey elicited opinions on government and public affairs issues: whether the United States ought to have much more military power than any other nation in the world, whether the United States should go to war to protect its own economic interests or the rights of other countries, whether the United States military should intervene in Bosnia or be involved in peace-keeping missions like the one in Somalia or potentially in Haiti, and whether women should be required to register for the draft or be allowed to volunteer for combat assignments. Respondents were asked if they had taken the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test (ASVAB), and those attending or planning to attend college were questioned about their interest in participating in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) or military training after college. Other information collected by the survey includes age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, current school enrollment status, highest grade completed, type of school and diploma, grades usually received in high school, plans for college, interest in pursuing certain occupations, current employment status, and parents' education.
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To protect respondent privacy, variables Q725 (ZIP code), MEPSID (Military Entrance Processing Station Identification Number), STFIPS (State FIPS Code), CNTYFIPS (State and County FIPS Code), ADI_ID (Advertising Areas of Dominant Influence Identification Numbers), ADI_NAME (Advertising Areas of Dominant Influence Names), MUD_A (Army Recruiting Command Management Unit Designator), MUD_AF (Air Force Recruiting Command Management Unit Designator), MUD_MC (Marine Corps Recruiting Command Management Unit Designator), and MUD_N (Navy Recruiting Command Management Unit Designator) are restricted from general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to these data through the ICPSR Restricted Data Contract Portal, which can be accessed via the study home page.
United States Department of Defense. Defense Manpower Data Center. Youth Attitude Tracking Study (YATS) [United States], Fall 1993. ICPSR06660-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-04-23. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06660.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06660.v1
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Persons aged 16 to 24 living in the United States in households or noninstitutionalized group homes with telephones. Individuals in the military, with prior military service, or currently accepted for service in the military (active or reserve component) were excluded.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
(1) The principal investigator supplied the data in a SAS XPORT engine transport file. ICPSR generated the SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups and converted the data to three additional formats: ASCII text, SPSS portable, and Stata. (2) ICPSR did not receive the Social Security Number File or the SAS formats catalog (value labels) for this collection.
Sample: The YATS sample had two components. Approximately one-half of the respondents consisted of age-eligible individuals previously interviewed in the Fall 1991 or Fall 1992 YATS administrations (the panel sample) and the other half was comprised of respondents new to YATS who were selected using random digit dialing (the RDD sample). After the interviews were completed, the principal investigator decided to drop the panel sample cases because their responses were discovered to be a function of their prior interviews. The data file only includes the RDD cases.
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Mode of Data Collection: telephone interview
Original ICPSR Release: 2007-04-23
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