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Q&A: Congressman Pete Stark
Wednesday, 01 February 2006


PT
talks to U.S. Congressman Pete Stark—co-sponsor with Rep. Charles Rangel of a House bill to reinstate the military draft—about concepts of citizenship, military recruiting and the prospective effects of a universal draft on foreign policy decisions.

An Army of Some
Wednesday, 01 February 2006

Changing demographics in the U.S. armed forces could signal greater social shifts.

February 1, 2006

All it takes is some relatively quick channel surfing to see how the Pentagon is looking to fill its ranks. The Army's notable "Army of One" campaign; "The Few, The Proud, the Marines," the National Guard's "You Can" slogan, and others, promise the American public that first, the government takes care of its troops, and second, the average Joe is welcome with open arms.

Demographics show that indeed, Joe Mainstreet is more likely to sign up for military service than the extremely wealthy or extremely poor, and the composition of the military—for the most part—resembles the United States itself.

But...

Feature Story
Q&A: Professor Charles Moskos
Tuesday, 31 January 2006

Lack of Shared Burden Bodes Ill for Country

PT talks to Charles Moskos, Northwestern University Professor Emeritus and military sociology expert, about national service, our evolving military and the rise of "patriotism light" in America.

February 1, 2006

PT: How has the lack of mandatory national service changed the composition of the U.S. military, and why is it important?

Moskos: In my graduating Princeton class of 1956, out of 750 males, about 450 served. Out of Princeton's 2005 class—1,100 male and female, approximately 50/50—eight served. That's the difference. I find it interesting that the two most famous names to come out of the Iraq war are Lynndie England and Jessica Lynch, tw...

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