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A Job or a Duty?

December 21, 1990

I read with interest all that is in print on what is happening in the Persian Gulf. The article on the makeup of the armed forces was something I've been waiting for.

You talk long and hard about how the "rich" get deferred and the "poor" defend them.

The racial comparisons that you make when one human drama or another becomes highlighted in today's news always interests me.

Two questions: Where was all the concern about this supposed inequity before there was a chance that someone might get shot at? And did you ever think that the military is just another good job opportunity until you have to face a hail of bullets?

Until everyone believes that serving one's country is their duty, only those in need of a job or training will apply.

Someone eating off a silver platter won't even consider eating K rations.



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