This report evaluates the 2010 ACS Content Test to simplify the period of military service question and to improve the quality of the data for this topic. The results of that testing will help determine the content to be incorporated into production ACS in 2013. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed several revisions to the wording of the period of military service question to simplify the question and to categorize period of military service categories in ranges that are meaningful for the VA. The revised version of the period of military service question collapses the September 1980 to July 1990 and May 1975 to August 1980 response categories, and the March 1961 to July 1964 and February 1955 to February 1961 response categories. The resulting response distributions and gross difference rates in the test version are not significantly different from the response distributions and gross difference rates in the control version in the majority of the categories. The VA recommends the adoption of the new test version.
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