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What is Military Sociology?

By February 10, 2012

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Military sociology is the sociological study of the military. It examines issues such as military recruiting, race and gender representation in the military, combat, military families, military social organization, war and peace, and the military as welfare. Researchers are interested in examine questions such as: What affect did the shift from the draft to voluntary service have on society and how did this affect the social representation of the military (for example, are there more uneducated minorities who enter voluntarily than were selected in the draft)? What will be the impact of the recent repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy? What are the consequences of war for societal change? Read more about military sociology and the questions that researchers commonly examine.

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