The other one percent
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November 10th, 2011
11:04 AM ET

The other one percent

As the country prepares to honor all who have ever worn the uniform on Friday, it happens as the all-volunteer military force seems to be growing more separated from the everyday world of their civilian counterparts.

“There’s no challenge for the 99% of the American people who are not involved in the military,” Army veteran Ron Capps told Time Magazine for an article about the growing military-civilian divide. “They don’t lose when soldiers die overseas, they’re not being forced to pay, for the wars, and there’s no sense among the vast population of what we’re engaged in.”

For most of its history, the United States military was filled with those volunteering to serve, and it was filled with conscripts as well. With the elimination of the draft in 1973, today’s wars are being fought by the smallest proportion of our citizenry in over 200 years.

As the slow economic recovery persists, and Defense budgets face the chopping block on Capitol Hill, many analysts see the drift between the military and the rest of society growing even larger.

Mark Thompson takes an in-depth look at the issue at Time’s Battleland blog.

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  1. Expert Machine Gunner

    We are not "growing more detached" I believe we will become more involved than ever if society continues to deteriorate. If these riots continue to plague us, I am afraid that we will be deployed to enforce martial law here in the states. What gives me nightmares is the prospect of my CO telling me to fire on our own civilians. I dont like to think about that, but if the ordeer comes, I will have to execute it just as some of our soldiers had to do during the Katrina disaster.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  2. Zach

    For anyone interested in ending the war in Afghanistan, visit the Facebook Page titled, "End the War in Afghanistan Now". "Like" the page so you can spread posts (articles, wall posts, etc.) that are placed on the wall...the more people who like it, the more pressure we can place on our political officials. Also, read the 11 reasons why we need to end the war (located in the info section). Spread the word...Together, we can bring the troops home.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply

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