Proud to Serve

Largely as a result of the political aftermath of the Vietnam War, mandatory service in the United States military was abolished. Part of the reason this action was undertaken was that this conflict had torn apart United States as a nation. One of the reasons for the divisiveness the conflict spawned was that individuals in disproportionate numbers were sent to Vietnam whom were poor or nonwhite, whom could not afford a college education. However, the overall effect of the abolition of a mandatory draft has, ironically, meant that many poor individuals, seeking remuneration for their undergraduate and graduate expenses, as well as further opportunities, still make up a disproportionate amount of our national forces.

In Israel, all members of the nation are required, to the best of their ability, to offer service to their nation for two years. This is true of women as well as men....
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