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An all-volunteer service

Heard this yesterday on NPR:
"Monday, Nov. 27, marks the day when the Iraq war becomes longer than the U.S. involvement in World War II. Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales notes that he is surprised that the U.S. military has held out this long, considering that it is an all-volunteer service. A veteran of Vietnam, Scales credits the country's sergeants for holding things together.... Scales says that today's sergeants' willingness to stay in the service contrasts to 1972, when many of the NCOs left the service, dissatisfied with the war in Vietnam."
My family spent Thanksgiving Day with an ex-marine and his wife. His experience on the Iraq battlefield is still very fresh--and raw. I have the utmost respect for his service. It is also a sober reminder that America is at war.

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