What Are the Perceptions of the Hospitality Industry as a Satisfactory Career Choice Among Adults Age 25-40 vs. the Perceptions of the Industry as a Post-Military Career Choice Among Active Duty Military Personnel of

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What are the perceptions of the hospitality industry as a satisfactory career choice among adults age 25-40 vs. the perceptions of the industry as a post-military career choice among active duty military personnel of the same age group who are preparing to reenter the civilian workforce?

By: Tracy Kohn and Monica Grandal

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Definition of Terms

Problem Statement

Purpose Statement

Research Questions

Limitations and Delimitations

Importance of the Study

Chapter 2 - Literature Review

Major findings and theories

Gaps in Literature

Summary

Chapter 3 - Methodology

Population and Sample

Instruments and Data Collection

Validity

Coding and Data Analysis

Chapter 1

Introduction

"A motivated problem-solver...with [a] demonstrated ability to supervise, lead, follow and serve in all aspects of operations, while also being responsible for the training of subordinate personnel in diverse environments...A well-trained candidate with demonstrated leadership abilities and problem solving skills honed in three countries outside the U.S., enabling me to lead and direct...A go to performer who consistently produces quality results. A skilled communicator that leads by example and inspires others to perform instead of forcing them to execute." - Joao Araujo, Wounded Warrior Resources Manager

This summary makes for an impressive candidate for any corporate management level position. This list of qualifications belongs to Joao Araujo, a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant with more than 14 years active duty military experience. Not quite the same level of skills to be acquired in 14 years of service in the civilian workforce.

The total number of military personnel is more than 3.6 million individuals, comprised of 39.4% Active Duty (AD) members or approximately 1.4 million people, 29.2% ready-reserve members or 1 million people, and 24.9% Department of Defense (DoD) civilian personnel or 0.9 million people. Of those 1.4 million active duty members, 62% of officers are ages 26 to 40 years old and 41.1% of enlisted personnel are within the same age group. Overall, the average age of the Active Duty force is 28.5 years old; the average age for Active Duty officers 34.7 years old, and enlisted personnel 27.3 years old. (DoD, 2012, p. iii)

The 10 states with the highest Active Duty populations are California, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Colorado, comprising 69.9% of the military personnel stationed in the United States (DoD, 2012, p. v-vi).

The US Travel & Tourism industry is among top 10 largest industries in 48 states, including D.C., directly employing 1.8 million hotel property workers and indirectly supporting more than 7.5 industry jobs. Public-sector funds continue to be the primary funding source for state tourism offices and the sole source for 26 of 47 states. Notably, Hawaii continues to rank first with the highest tourism budget of $74.9 million and California and Illinois rank among the top three tourism spenders at $61.3 million and $54.8 million respectively. (AHLA, 2012)

Problem Statement

A quantitative study that will be conducted to determine: What are the perceptions of the hospitality industry as a satisfactory career choice among adults age 25-40 vs. the perceptions of the industry as a post-military career choice among active duty military personnel of the same age group who are preparing to reenter the civilian workforce?

Purpose Statement and Importance of Study

The purpose of this study is to identify if there is enough of a relationship between two of the US's highest employing industries to ultimately determine whether active-duty military personnel who are preparing to reenter the civilian workforce would find satisfaction in hospitality related careers. The study is also trying to determine if there is...
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