U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided
A pretty well-balanced account of today’s civil/military divide. Some of the more extreme views are presented, but it’s nicely compensated for by other views as well. This is an issue that really troubles me since I come from an area that had virtually no military presence around it growing up.
Some of the more interesting stats mentioned that were new to me:
Surveys suggest that as many as 80% of those who serve come from a family in which a parent or sibling is also in the military. They often live in relative isolation — behind the gates of military installations such as Ft. Bragg or in the deeply military communities like Fayetteville, N.C., that surround them.
The segregation is so pronounced that it can be traced on a map: Some 49% of the 1.3 million active-duty service members in the U.S. are concentrated in just five states — California, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia.