How being a vet PAYS off

by Giants86 on December 8, 2016 - 9:06pm

A big group of like people looked at within this article were veterans and how there can be inequality within the military and after military employment. First off it is looked at how the era that one fought in could affect the way the soldiers were treated. In the time between 1941 and 1973 many of the members of the military were not volunteers and took part in the draft, this making them very inexperienced with much less skills that those who had joined voluntarily. Today most veterans are from the Volunteer-era military (Maclean and KleyKamp 2016) in which most of them share the same qualities from one another. Thus, giving the somewhat similar treatment because of the skill set that they obtain.

                In the work place a veteran can either be very beneficial to a company or harmful. An employer can see a veteran as a very useful employee to the company based off the skills that they obtained from being in the service. First, in the military many will gain respect, high work drive, loyalty, and leadership. These characteristics are useful for any job today in society. In contrast, some coming out of the military may not gain some of these skills therefore making them not a useful employee to the employer. This is what creates the inequality in pay between veterans. Veterans who do not gain the required skills necessary and education level often see different paying jobs than those who do, which makes their group no different from any other. Many times, a veteran will see a higher pay wage than a non-veteran worker. This is the result of as stated before the skills that are gained while being in the military. It gives a competitive advantage to the veterans because in our society today in the Volunteer era military veterans are highly respected, as opposed to those who fought in controversial wars who would often see great discrimination in the workplace.

                Key elements discussed in this article revolve around veterans, inequality, variance regression and, between groups/within-group inequality. Between groups was a big portion of this article in talking about how pay varies within groups of like others. This was a result of different training within the groups.  Data was presented in tables in order to predict how inequality should have changed for veterans and non-veterans between 1979 and 2010. In order to gather information various surveys took place. Conclusions drawn from the research on how veterans differed from non-veterans include the characteristics that a veteran holds as opposed to a non-veteran. Data showed that veterans were more likely to be older white males working in the public sector.  Data also showed that veterans made more money than non-vets in the workplace. Overall based off the data presented it shows that being a veteran in the workplace definitely has its upsides in pay. It also shows that veterans gain a particular set of skills that are also very beneficial in the workplace.


Maclean, A., & Kleykamp, M. (2015). Income Inequality and the Veteran Experience. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 663(1), 99-116. doi:10.1177/0002716215596964


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