||The majority of accessions are young high school graduates and the military is often their first full-time job. Thus, very
few are married. In FY 1997, 9 percent of male and 13 percent of female recruits were married, compared to 57 and 46 percent of male and female enlisted members, respectively. Table 2.6 compares marriage
rates of accessions in the Services with 18- to 24-year-old civilians in the labor force. Civilians are more likely to be married than accessions (16 versus 10 percent). Within the Services, Army recruits
are most likely to be married (16 percent) and Marine Corps recruits are least likely (4 percent). Figure 2.4 shows marital status trends for FYs 1976-1997 by Service.
Figure 2.4. Marital status trends of Active Component NPS accessions, by Service, FYs 1976-1997.
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|Table 2.6. FY 1997 Active Component NPS Accessions Who Are Married, by
Gender and Service, and Civilians 18-24 Years Old (Percent)
||18-24 Year-Old Civilians
|Also see Appendix
Table B-2 (Marital Status by Age and Gender).Source: Civilian data from Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey
File, October 1996 - September 1997.