Social Roles In The Military

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Social roles are the responsibilities one holds for having a particular status (Macionis 89). Since individuals often hold more than one status at any given time, they have many duties related to those statuses, and occasionally those duties oppose one another. This is called role conflict (Macionis 90). An example is parents who are also members of the military. A parent’s role is to care for and support their children and be involved in their lives, but a soldier’s role is to travel when needed to defend their country. In 2012, a total of 43.6% of active duty and selected reserve personnel had children - 36.8% were married, 6.8% were not (United States 23). That leaves a lot of children without a parent during deployments. The parents often
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