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September 4, 1988
F or political candidates, military experience is a crucial part of the resume. The controversy over Dan Quayle's National Guard duty is only the latest case in point. For job candidates in the business world, however, is military service an important factor? Is it good preparation for a business career? Free-lance writer Meredith F. Chen raised the question with various authorities, and excerpts from those interviews follow: H.
March 12, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli legislators approved a controversial law Wednesday to end the historic exemption of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from mandatory military service, a decision some religious leaders decried as persecution. The Equal Service Law approved by the Knesset, or parliament, calls for a gradual increase in the conscription of ultra-Orthodox men over a three-year period, ultimately exempting only a quota of outstanding scholars. Finance Minister Yair Lapid, whose centrist Yesh Atid party pushed the legislation as a way to increase fairness for other groups whose members are drafted into the military as well as to aid the integration of ultra-Orthodox men into the workforce, welcomed the bill's passage as a “revolution.” Ultra-Orthodox men had been exempt from military service to allow them to pursue their religious studies, which supporters said allowed them to serve the nation through prayer and by preserving Jewish heritage.
April 15, 2012
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March 2, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews rallied in Jerusalem on Sunday to protest emerging legislation that could end their sweeping exemption from military service. The country's capital was paralyzed as access to Jerusalem was blocked. Government offices, schools and courthouses closed early, and public transportation was halted to accommodate the mass prayer called by rabbinical leaders. Under heavy police protection, black hats bobbed as the crowd of demonstrators swayed in prayer or danced to express their opposition to a military draft that many decried as a “war against religion.” In an unusual move, religious women were encouraged to attend the protest, standing separately from the men. For decades, Israel's ultra-Orthodox have been effectively exempt from military service.
January 7, 2012 | By James Oliphant
Saturday night's presidential debate in New Hampshire had been an acidic contest almost from the opening bell, but it took a particularly nasty turn about a half hour in when Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul shared a bitter exchange about military service. The spat was triggered by a past comment of Paul's labeling Gingrich a “chicken hawk” because he didn't serve in Vietnam. Paul served as a flight surgeon during the conflict, having been drafted. "I think people who don't serve when they could and they get three or four or even five deferments aren't -- they -- they have no right to send our kids off to war, and -- and not be even against the wars that we have," Paul said.
March 4, 1999
My jaw dropped in horror and disbelief as I read Edwin Dorn's modest proposal to tie college financial aid to military service (Commentary, Feb. 24). At a time when most democracies have recognized free and universal education as an intrinsic social good, I am still forced to take out $120,000 in student loans as it is. Under Dorn's plan I would not even have that "opportunity" without first being coerced to submit my body to involuntary servitude. And in response to Dorn's assertion that today's college students do not learn about self-sacrifice and honor, I say that forgoing health insurance to help afford graduate school tuition has taught me a lot about self-sacrifice, and the good people who risked arrest to protest the senseless murder of Iraqis during the Gulf War taught me more about honor than any drill sergeant ever could.
August 11, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan makes this the first presidential election in 80 years in which no one on either ticket has served in the military. The last time that happened was 1932, before the United States helped win World War II and became a military superpower. Despite the martial pageantry of Romney's introducing Ryan on Saturday aboard the battleship Wisconsin, the lack of a veteran in the race underscores the growing distance between today's all-volunteer military and the vast majority of society which lacks contact with it. Photos: Paul Ryan announced as Romney's running mate In 1932, John Nance Garner joined Franklin D. Roosevelt's campaign against then-President Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis.
June 3, 2010 | Times wire services
Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk of Illinois apologized Thursday for making inaccurate statements about his 21-year record as a Navy Reserve intelligence officer and acknowledged more discrepancies between his service and the political rhetoric describing his actions. Appearing before the Chicago Tribune's editorial board, Kirk would not directly answer questions about whether the misstatements amounted to an effort to embellish his military history as he takes on Democrat Alexi Giannoulias for the seat formerly held by President Obama.
February 28, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Jill Ellman was only 8, but she remembers military officials heading up the driveway and knocking on her family's door with the news that her father's Air Force bomber had crashed off the coast of Newfoundland. The news had barely sunk in when the telephone rang with an update: Her father was safe. Her mother broke out a bottle of champagne. "Everyone was celebrating," Ellman recalled. But a few hours later the phone rang again, and the celebrating stopped. Only one crew member had been pulled from the ocean, and it wasn't her dad. Searchers discovered an empty life raft, but never found her father.
October 18, 2013 | By Scott Martelle
If one ever needed proof that we live in a warrior culture, look no further than those who have falsely claimed military experience, from two-bit conmen to politicians and corporate leaders adding undeserved gravitas to their resumes. It is an attempt to steal glory, a recognition that much of the American public holds a special regard for those who have served. As Richard A. Serrano explores in his short, entertaining "Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery that Outlived the Civil War," this kind of military fraud is nothing new. In the economic dark days of the Great Depression, "veterans" discovered that a few well-placed lies about serving in the Civil War, backed by a supporting letter from a bamboozled politician, could land a veteran's pension from the government.
September 30, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A jury began deliberating Monday in the case of a Guatemalan commando turned Moreno Valley martial arts instructor accused of lying about his military service on immigration forms in order to become a U.S. citizen. Federal prosecutors have argued in a Riverside courtroom over the last week that Jorge Sosa neglected to include his time in the Guatemalan special forces unit known as the Kaibiles and, in particular, his role in the 1982 massacre in the village of Dos Eres, where more than 200 people were slaughtered.  If the jury convicts him, Sosa could face 15 years in prison and have his citizenship revoked.
September 4, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
As American parents have grappled with financial peril and other woes over the last decade, grandparents have stepped in to help. Grandparents were the main caregivers for more than 3 million children in 2011 - a 20% increase from the turn of the millennium, the Pew Research Center reported Wednesday. The numbers surged during the economic downturn and have leveled off in its aftermath, Pew said in a report based on an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Sixty percent of those children still have at least one parent at home, but grandparents are responsible for most of their needs.
August 5, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas -- At a brief, final pretrial hearing for accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a military judge questioned jurors Monday about their exposure to media coverage of the case and any potential scheduling conflicts before the start of the trial.  Testimony at the court-martial is scheduled to begin Tuesday after years of delays . More than a dozen relatives of shooting victims filed into court for the hearing, filling...
May 27, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Bob Hope led the pack of popular performers who entertained the troops during World War II. John Wayne and other actors fought the war in feature films, and other Hollywood favorites tirelessly toured the country on war bond drives. In fact, beloved actress Carole Lombard died in early 1942 in a plane crash returning from a war bond drive. But there were numerous established stars, directors, producers and workers in other branches of the film industry who put their careers on hold to serve the country during WWII.
May 3, 2013 | By James Rainey
A Republican state assemblyman who represents Camarillo backed Eric Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles on Friday, one of a group of military service members and veterans to give their endorsement to the city councilman. The announcement at an event in East Los Angeles was one of the most overt pitches by Garcetti -- a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve -- tied to his military service. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell talked about serving with Garcetti, calling him a "shipmate" and a "man of character.
April 4, 2013 | By James Rainey and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
If he manages to get elected, Eric Garcetti may be the first mayor of Los Angeles who slips away for a little clandestine activity at a secret locale - and doesn't mind if his constituents find out about it. The city councilman and mayoral candidate's eight-year commitment to the U.S. Naval Reserve's intelligence service runs through the end of the year. He would like to extend it beyond that, if possible. Garcetti, who faces City Controller Wendy Greuel in a May 21 runoff, has focused only fleetingly on his military service since the start of the mayor's race last year.
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