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Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy Repeal (2010)
If inequality is our problem, military service is the answer
If inequality is our problem, military service is the answer

A student at my alma mater, Brandeis University, recently asked me to speak to her school group about my post-college experiences, specifically my time studying in China and Germany and now at Harvard University. There was one major problem with this request: I'd graduated five years ago, and she skipped most of what has defined my adult life — the four years I served in the Marine Corps. A large swath of America shares this student's disinterest in military service. Among elected officials, prior military service is at 20%, an all-time low. Fewer than 1% of these leaders have children who grew up to don a uniform. Similarly, fewer than 1% of Ivy League graduates choose...

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