All-volunteer military may desensitize U.S. to war, some fear

Desensitize? Doctrine Man points out that ‘insulate’is probably the better verb. That said, if it insulates anyone, it does so by that persons conscious’, individual choice. There’s no reason why those who arent serving do not know someone who is. The opportunities to get to know service members are rife, VA outreach, VFA and American Legion, USO, Salvation Army, Soldier’s Angels, Wounde Warrior Project….. Service members can also make efforts to reach the community as well. The divide eixists only to the extent we allow it to exist.

Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, has spent decades voicing such fears. He’s one of the few politicians around who still yearn for a draft.

“Now, we’re never going to get the draft back,” he said. “But I really believe the greatest risk isn’t to the military and the few who serve, it’s to the rest of society.”

Inhofe thinks that military service makes better citizens. The broader the base of volunteers, he said, the better.

Even in a conservative state such as Oklahoma, Tulsa residents – more distant from military bases than other parts of the state are – express less interest in Afghanistan and other defense issues than those who interact more often with the military, he said.

“It’s only natural that people are becoming more and more distant from the military,” Inhofe said. “It’s a nationwide trend.”


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