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Invisible women : junior enlisted Army wives
Harrell, Margaret C.
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Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 2000.
Physical Description:
xiv, 116 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"MR-1223"--P. [4] of cover.
Reading Level:
1040 Lexile.
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Military manpower policy is often crafted by policymakers without an in-depth understanding of the life experiences and views of junior enlisted personnel. It is plausible to expect that some policymakers attribute the attitudes and experiences of these young soldiers to such features as youth or lack of an advanced education and may thus believe themselves able to empathize with this population group by recalling their own parallel life experiences. However, this approach oversimplifies the life experiences of these families and neglects the reality that most policymakers and professional managers have never experienced the compendium of problems these couples face, such as youth, lack of education, financial difficulties, emotional and physical distance from extended family, and invisibility in a large bureaucracy. At the center of this book are the personal stories of three junior enlisted spouses, told in their own voices and selected to emphasize the dilemmas numerous enlisted families face. The stories provide insight into the experiences and attitudes of other junior enlisted families. Those interested or involved in the military, or those who live a military lifestyle -- at any pay grade -- will find these stories both useful and engaging.

Table of Contents

Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Background of the Researchp. 1
Why the Army?p. 2
A Word About Locationsp. 2
Selection and Description of Research Locationsp. 4
Ft. Stewart, Georgiap. 4
Ft. Drum, New Yorkp. 6
Selection of a Unit at the Research Locationsp. 9
Spouse Interviewsp. 10
Selecting and Interviewing Spousesp. 11
Organization of This Bookp. 13
Chapter 2 Dana's Storyp. 15
Her Backgroundp. 15
Relationship with Familyp. 16
Family Plansp. 17
Financial Issuesp. 18
Career Ambition and Current Workp. 29
His Future in the Militaryp. 30
Deploymentp. 31
Family Support Groupp. 32
Rank Among the Spousesp. 33
Army Policy on Familiesp. 34
Housingp. 35
Friendsp. 37
Household Responsibilitiesp. 37
Her Summaryp. 37
Chapter 3 Jennifer's Storyp. 39
Her Backgroundp. 39
A New Army Wifep. 42
Their Relationshipp. 44
Friendships and Family Support Groupp. 45
Her Futurep. 46
Financial Issuesp. 48
Employmentp. 51
Parentingp. 52
Her Summaryp. 52
Chapter 4 Toni's Storyp. 53
Her Backgroundp. 53
Their Relationshipp. 55
Why He Joined the Armyp. 56
Off to Basic Trainingp. 59
Welcome to Ft. Stewartp. 60
Finding a Homep. 61
Getting Bustedp. 62
Financial Issuesp. 66
Her Pregnanciesp. 71
Family Relationshipp. 78
Her Friendsp. 80
Problems in the Unitp. 81
Family Support Groupp. 87
She Has an Influencep. 92
Her Summaryp. 97
Chapter 5 Conclusionp. 99
Overview of Dana's Experiencep. 100
Overview of Jennifer's Experiencep. 101
Overview of Toni's Experiencep. 101
Stereotypical Women?p. 103
Conclusionp. 106
Glossaryp. 113