This Statistics in Brief examines 2002 high school sophomores' entrance into military service through 2012, up to 8 years after most graduated from high school in 2004. The report provides estimates regarding the timing of military service; the demographic and academic characteristics of those who served in the military; the relationship between students' expectations for a military career and subsequent military service; the relationship between students' military service and that of their parents; and the postsecondary enrollment, fields of study, degree attainment, and financial aid of students with and without military service. The report draws on data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002).
POSTSECONDARY ENROLLMENT AND TIMING BY MILITARY SERVICE – Percentage distribution of 2002 high school sophomores' postsecondary enrollment and timing of enrollment, by whether students had served in the military: 2012
NOTE: About 15,400 high school sophomores participated in the base-year study in 2002. The study sample of this report consists of the 13,130 cohort members who responded in the third follow-up survey in 2012. A total of 650 of these 13,130 reported ever serving in the military as of 2012; these students are referred to as "students with military service" in the figure. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002/12).
- Six percent of 2002 high school sophomores had served in the military as of 2012.
- The majority of military service members had at most a high school credential when starting their military careers—56 percent had a high school education or less. An additional 30 percent had attended college but had no postsecondary credential.
- Most 2002 high school sophomores (88 percent and 85 percent for students with and without military service, respectively) had enrolled in postsecondary education as of 2012.
- Seventeen percent of students with military service had earned a bachelor’s or higher degree by 2012; in comparison, 36 percent of students who had not served had earned at least a bachelor’s degree by 2012.
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Elise M. Christopher
National Center for
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