Voluntold: tactics in U.S. Army enlisted recruitment
Houghton, Helen Grace
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The maintenance of the size and strength of the U.S. volunteer military heavily depends on its recruitment arm to prospect and inform potential recruits. In a country where military service is believed to offer benefits such as steady incomes and college education to disadvantaged communities while implying they are unavailable through other means the concern becomes that recruiters target these communities for recruitment. This thesis first draws on the existing literature about citizen-state interactions to derive a new theoretical perspective about predatory practices then begins to evaluate that theory through a qualitative analysis of military recruitment manuals. The findings suggest that predatory practices may be occurring at lower levels of the recruitment hierarchy and those in charge are aware and unable or unwilling to prevent it.