|| The Survey of Recruit
Socioeconomic Backgrounds asks respondents to indicate the people who were in their household when they last lived with their parents, step-parents, or guardians. More than 68 percent of accessions indicated that
they lived with both father and mother,(22) compared with 71 percent of CPS households (Table 7.1). Those who lived with
one parent were more than three times more likely to live with their mother than with their father. The percentage of accessions living with two parents was least for the Army (66 percent) and greatest for the Air
Force (72 percent). There were no differences of consequence among the other Services, nor between active duty and Reserve Component accessions. Overall, the family composition of enlisted accessions was
quite similar to that of the civilian population, although accessions were slightly less likely to live with both father and mother.
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|Table 7.1. Parents in Family of FY 1997 NPS Recruits, by Service,
with Civilian Comparison Group (Percent)
|Adults at Home
|Father, Step-father, or Male Guardian
|Mother, Step-mother, or Female Guardian
Source: Civilian data from Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey File, October 1996 - September 1997.
- For purposes of this discussion, the term "father" represents either a biological father, a stepfather, or other male guardian, and
the term "mother" represents either a biological mother, a stepmother, or other female guardian. go back