The impact of attachment on the propensity to enlist in the U.S. military

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The current study investigated the factors associated with military propensity, particularly how attachment related avoidance and anxiety may impact high school seniors’ propensity to enlist in the U.S. military. A proposed path model was tested using data from a nationwide sampling totaling 188 participants, which was collected utilizing online survey methods. A reduced path model was created using significant relationships from the originally proposed path model. Educational plans directly impact reported propensity to enlist in the military with several factors, including parental education, income, and grades impacting educational plans directly. These relationships, as well as other direct and indirect influences on enlistment propensity, are explored. Neither attachment anxiety nor attachment avoidance impacted propensity. Finally, implications for research and practice are discussed.

Propensity, Military, Attachment, Enlistment