Description of Officers and Enlisted Personnel in the U.S. Armed Forces

A Reference for Military Manpower Analysis

by Zahava D. Doering, William P. Hutzler, Corazon M. Francisco, Marie J. Sanchez

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This report provides a description of the officers and enlisted personnel in the United States Armed Forces. The data for this description are drawn from the 1978/1979 DOD Survey of Officers and Enlisted Personnel, jointly designed and administered by The RAND Corporation and the Department of Defense. This work should contribute to defense manpower policy analyses and evaluation by providing demographic, economic, behavioral, and attitudinal information about the men and women on active duty not available as part of the routinely collected administrative data; by identifying problematic areas of military life which may be amenable to ameliorative action; and by isolating specific areas for further policy analyses. The sections of this report have been organized around a broad range of topical areas covered by the survey. Each section begins with a short summary highlighting some of the findings.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.