Letter: 1 percent serve in the U.S. millitary? How can that be - East Valley Tribune: Letters To The Editor

Letter: 1 percent serve in the U.S. millitary? How can that be

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Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013 11:07 am

Reading the paper recently, one phrase from one letter shocked me: “One percent of our citizens serve in the military.”

That didn’t seem possible. How could that possibly be?

I Googled the phrase, plus checked on Snopes.com. I found nothing to disprove the claim, and actually found multiple sources that indicated it was less than 1 percent of our citizens who actually serve in the military.

We should all pause to consider — is this good for our country? Our future? Since the demise of the “draft,” we essentially have paid mercenary forces — in many cases motivated primarily by financial gain — incentives, bonuses, and other perks.

We rely more and more on high-dollar, hi-tech weapons, “contract” service agencies and fewer and fewer (over-deployed) personnel yet, somehow always producing an ever-growing bloated Department of Defense budget. We should all consider the unintended consequences of operating our military this way, of protecting Americans and America’s assets this way.

Sounds a lot like our government’s relationship with big business. Is that really the model we should be using when we send our best and brightest into war?

John Latson


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