Young Australians' Attitudes to the Military and Military Service

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    What are young Australians’ understandings of, and attitudes to, the military and military service? This article describes a pilot study of 320 young Australian university students’ attitudes to the military and military service during a time when Australia was engaged in the Afghanistan war. The main purpose of this study was to develop a survey instrument for further work in researching civil–military relations in Australia. Civil–military relations describe the complex set of relationships between the civil and military spheres. The role of the military, the relationship between the state and the military, the division of labor between civilian and military entities, foreign policy, and knowledge of military service are some of the fields that constitute a study of civil–military relations. This article reports on beliefs about, and attitudes to the specificities of military service and responses to the broader field of civil–military relations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalSAGE Open
    Issue number3
    Early online date2014
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014


    • Australian Defence Force
    • Careers
    • Conflict research
    • Education
    • Educational research
    • Military recruitment
    • Military studies
    • Political behavior/psychology
    • Political science
    • Social sciences
    • Teacher education


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