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The Dangerous Gap between American Society and Its Military
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The United States has been at war for over 10 years since that fateful day of September 11, 2001. Despite the surge in American patriotism and resultant overwhelming admiration for the military during these 10 years, a dangerous gap between American society and its military has grown. In the history of the United States no major war has ever been fought with a smaller percentage of its citizens. Has the civilian-military gap developed to the point in America that we now have two distinct classes of citizens Those who protect the nation and those who live under that protection Elimination of the draft and implementation of an all-volunteer force in 1973 ushered in a professional military force that some argued would be unrepresentative of American society. Is the all-volunteer force responsible for the gap and have we allowed it to grow to the point that it will adversely impact American national security and could weaken our democracy
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