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Armed forces in March 1975


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MILIT75 indicates whether respondents reported their main activity for ASEC, 1975 as "on active duty in the Armed Forces." Other possible responses to the question about the individual's main activity in ASEC, 1975 were "working at a job or business" (WORK0375), "attending college" (COLLEG75), or "something else."


The question wording was identical for 1976-1980, but due to the use of a fixed reference point (ASEC, 1975 rather than, for example, "one year ago"), the recall period changes over time. In 1976, respondents reported their military service one year ago; in 1977, their military service two years ago; in 1978, their military service three years ago; in 1979, their military service four years ago; and in 1980, their military service five years ago.

A parallel line of questioning, using ASEC, 1980 as the reference point, was included in the 1981 ASEC CPS (see MILIT80). MILIT80 is comparable to MILIT75 for 1976 only, with both identifying persons whose main activity one year ago was active duty in the armed forces.


  • Persons age 15+.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1976 – 1980 - - X - - - - - - - - -


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