Share of post-9/11 veterans who say their military experience was relevant to their civilian job.
Veterans make up a smaller share of Congress than at any time in the past five decades.
More than three-quarters of Americans continue to believe that members of the military contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being. By contrast, only 37% say clergy make a big contribution to society, and journalists have dropped the most in public esteem since 2009.
While very important, few believe sexual assault is a bigger problem in the military than outside it, and most say it does not reflect underlying problems with military culture.
As the nation prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, most Americans have feelings of pride in the soldiers who fought in America’s post-9/11 conflicts. But the public that will be observing the holiday is also one increasingly disconnected from the military.
Two-thirds of Americans support allowing women in the military to serve in combat roles and nearly half say the new policy will not alter military effectiveness.
In December 2011, the Pew Research Center examined the roles and attitudes of female military veterans and found that, while many combat roles were withheld from female veterans, women in the military did report experiencing combat and had many of the same issues as men during their transition back into civilian life.