“I wouldn’t want to serve with anyone who isn’t a volunteer.” This self-congratulatory platitude has been expressed to me personally, and I’ve seen it written in commentary. From where I stand, it’s one of the saddest of the many lamentable results of the end of conscription in 1973. Dude, do you know how insulting and […]
Louis Marano, an anthropologist and a former journalist, served 15 months as a junior officer in a Seabee battalion in Vietnam. In 2007-2009, he served two tours as a civilian Army contractor in Iraq.