Serving God and Country? Religious Involvement and Military Service among Young Adult Men

TitleServing God and Country? Religious Involvement and Military Service among Young Adult Men
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
JournalJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Volume48
Issue4
Start Page794
Pagination794-804
Date Published12/2009
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.

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/40405670
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