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Who Serves in the Military?
Powerline, by Paul Mirengoff

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Posted By:Judy W., 7/29/2013 8:32:05 AM

Peter Robinson at Ricochet directs attention to a study by the Heritage Foundation of military enlistment to population ratios by region. It tells us that, generally speaking, folks from Red States are much more inclined to serve in the military than folks from Blue States. (Snip) The Heritage Foundation study also explodes the myth that military service disproportionately attracts men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds. To the contrary, the study shows that U.S. military service disproportionately attracts enlisted personnel and officers who do not come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 7/29/2013 8:50:57 AM     (No. 9447588)

Lots of "generally speaking" modifiers in there!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Judy W., 7/29/2013 8:57:20 AM     (No. 9447598)

#1, "generally speaking" means that a higher percentage does whatever is being measured, not 100 percent of them. Generally speaking, men are taller than women. Is that okay with you or is it weasely, as you seem to be implying the term is? In any case, "lots" means twice.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pindarjr, 7/29/2013 9:10:10 AM     (No. 9447618)

That the military attracts those more inclined to feelings of patriotism is not surprising, but military service is also a smart choice whether you´re interested in it as a possible career or just for a short stint. When you´re young and ambitious, but still uncertain about what you´d like to do in the future, the military provides discipline and purposeful work while you get your head together. And for those who wind up in combat zones, it offers danger, but also the opportunity to find out exactly what you are made of. The military offers training in all sorts of specialties that can be applied in the civilian world and financial support for education following service. And pursuing a career in the military is an important and honorable profession. I am grateful for what I learned in three years in the Army and, whenever I meet someone who is in the military, I always take the time to tell them, "Thank you for your service."



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Reply 4 - Posted by: fmrusmc0302, 7/29/2013 9:19:24 AM     (No. 9447636)

ivy league grads are conspicuous by their absence.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 7/29/2013 9:36:20 AM     (No. 9447671)

The Military breeds a ´McCain´ type of "Conservative" who prefers the type of "Liberty" granted by a huge and arbitrary and authoritarian bureaucracy.

Worse yet, our current military has become comfortable with the idea that we never ´win´.

We only ´manage´ trouble spots until we get tired of it.

Bring ´em all home and fire most of them.

Hand to hand combat is not our game any more.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: bighambone, 7/29/2013 10:14:45 AM     (No. 9447755)

Activist liberal Democrats and their family members generally speaking do not serve in the US military. The ones that you do find there are usually in lawyer and the like administrative positions away from the fighting. But activist liberal Democrats are the first people to tell the military how it should operate in all respects.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Travis Mcgee, 7/29/2013 12:32:38 PM     (No. 9448023)

My son serves. He joined the Marine Corps at age 17. He comes from a midwestern middle class family that includes a father and a mother and a 4 year younger sister. He was a national AP scholar and was offered a full 4 year scholarship through the naval ROTC program at a Big 10 school. He turned it down to enlist. His love of the Corps is greater than any civilian can even remotely understand. And poster #3 is spot on.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Texan1stCavDad, 7/29/2013 3:58:55 PM     (No. 9448377)

Proud of my career officer father (WWII, Korea, Viet Nam). Proud of my brother (5th tour Iraq & Afghanistan). Proud of my young son, 101st Airborne.

Proud of all our men and woman who serve and served.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: LadyVet, 7/29/2013 6:09:44 PM     (No. 9448551)

#7, re: He comes from a midwestern middle class family that includes a father and a mother...

I´d guess that males from two-parent households are also over-represented in the AR. Come to think of it, probably even the female military members had their fathers around to influence them, as a general rule. Males raised by single females in big urban environments probably don´t see the military as a career opportunity.

Another point: The fact that the red state males have been trained in the military may be another reason the employment picture is better in red states these days.

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