In Praise of National Service

Recruitment poster by Howard Chandler Christy, 1917 (Museum of Modern Art)

Alarming statistics are increasingly published suggesting that our nation is in danger of creating a military class in this country, if we have not already created one.

“The Iraq and Afghan campaigns represent the first protracted, large-scale conflicts since our Revolutionary War fought entirely by volunteers,” Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates said in a speech at Duke University in September, 2010. “Indeed…