This table comes from a report by Shanea J. Watkins, Phd, originally posted on the Heritage Foundation website, 21 August 2008.
The findings here - that the majortiy of recruits and officers are from the upper financial tiers of our society - flies in the face of the oft-repeated Liberal myth that America's wars are fought by the poorest members of society, who cannot afford to go to college and gain entry to a better career.
In other words, people who go into the military are too stupid to do anything else, and therefore the military is like a form of Welfare. I have actually heard people say this right to my face.
These statistics and data analysis are in keeping with my own personal observations during my service in the Combat Arms from 1983 to 2008; (82d Airborne Division - Infantry - 5 years; Special Forces 20 years. - S.L.
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