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Youth Attitude Tracking Study (YATS) [United States], Fall 1994 (ICPSR 6659)

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. The survey also 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 women should be required to register for the draft, and whether the United States should go to war to defend its own economic interests, protect the rights of United States citizens, or protect the rights of other countries. The survey explored the respondents' plans for the future, including plans for college and interest in participating in either the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) or military training after college. In addition, the survey explored the respondents' media habits. 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, participation in the junior ROTC in high school, whether the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test (ASVAB) was taken, current employment status, and parents' education.

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Study Description


United States Department of Defense. Defense Manpower Data Center. Youth Attitude Tracking Study (YATS) [United States], Fall 1994. ICPSR06659-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-04-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06659.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06659.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, career planning, employment, military, military recruitment, military strength, women, youths

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1994-09-12--1994-11-16

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994-09-12--1994-11-16

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 Type(s):    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 statements used to create the formats library.


Sample:    Random-digit dialing was used.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-04-30



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