An interesting finding came out of an annual Harvard study. After the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the amount of millennials that felt the US should put the proverbial boots on the ground to fight ISIS rose from 21% to 39%. The sad news is identified in the next response which states that, of those responding, 85% would not join the military and serve their country.
That is a surprising number. Millennials have been a very interesting group. Generally seen as coming from those born between 1980 and 2000, there is a large contrast from their recent relatives. Suffice to say, on paper at least, this is not the ‘ask not what your country can do for you’ generation. So what happened? How did we get to this point today?
The grandparents that fought in World War II and dealt with rations understood that they played a role in contributing to their country’s actions. They bought war bonds, limited their use of limited resources, and supported their country. Today’s group does not want to increase taxes to pay for more than a decade of war, and yet is very willing to send service members to far off places to fight wars on their behalf.
Remember, it’s not about what you can do for your country, but about what you can get someone else to do for you while you enjoy your time with family and friends back home. Service members remember this. During the surge, when we were deploying every 13 – 14 months for more than a year each time, we found it crazy to think that less than 1% of the nation serves in the military. As of 2010, of the 309 million people living in the U.S., only 2.2 million served.
So, what does this bode for the future? Well, on the one hand, millennials are just one of the many groups of people that are at voting age. On the other hand, the lack of veteran presence in the Republican candidates is paled by the amount of rhetoric about deploying. So two major groups, a voting bloc and the candidates, seem quite ready to deploy the military for another ground war in the Middle East.
Thankfully, many of our service members are already quite familiar with the local cultures – seeing as how they have already spent many wars deployed to these theaters before. So, by all means, please pay off your mortgages with your stable jobs in locations that you are never forced to move from. Enjoy your families, and the rigors of waking up early to commute to work. Just do us all a favor, if you are willing to deploy service members to a foreign country, be willing to take the first step yourself.
Of course service isn’t for everyone. If it was, we would have no one to decide that we should be deployed while avoiding service or taxes themselves. I suppose that is the luxury of being in the 1%.
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