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Title:Black male enlistment: Exploring the relationship between African American manhood and benefits/disadvantages of enlisting into the military
Author(s):Thames, Titus
Advisor(s):Alston, Reginald
Department / Program:Kinesiology & Community Health
Discipline:Community Health
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):African American males military enlistment
Abstract:Over the past few decades, enlistment rates for African American men have experienced a steady decline. Military experience is thought to be beneficial to African American individuals and communities by creating an up-springing foundation towards wellness. Historically, African American men have participated at high rates in every war in which America has been involved, until recent decades. Black men have been proud and willing to serve in the US military in hopes of receiving socioeconomic advancements and fair opportunities. The percentage of black male participation in the military is proportional to their representation the US population, while the percentage of black women serving in the military today is nearly double their representation in the United States. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between African American manhood and perspectives on enlistment into today’s military. It was found that African American men who experience college value quality of life over service to country.
Issue Date:2019-04-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Titus Thames
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-08-23
Date Deposited:2019-05

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