Serving god and country? religious involvement and military service among young adult men

Amy M. Burdette, Victor Wang, Glen H. Elder, Terrence D. Hill, Janel Benson

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Abstract

Despite important connections between religion and military action throughout world history, scholars have seldom explored the association between religiosity and military enlistment. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), we used a person-oriented analysis to categorize young men according to patterns of adolescent religious involvement. Youth indentified as " highly religious evangelical" are more likely to enlist in the military compared to their " highly religious nonevangelical" and " nonreligious" counterparts; however, these findings hold only for those young men without college experience. These findings are discussed along with study limitations and promising directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)794-804
Number of pages11
JournalJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies

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