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Bearing the Burden: Military Volunteers and the Case Against the Draft

Recorded on November 7, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Contrary to claims that the U.S. military recruits are disproportionately poor, black, and urban in origin - justifying a reinstatement of the draft - a comprehensive new study of all U.S. military enlistees in 1999 and 2003 reveals exactly the opposite. Indeed, the proportion of recruits from rich neighborhoods exceeds that from poor neighborhoods. Dr. Tim Kane of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis forcefully dispels the myth of the underprivileged soldier, and provides surprising evidence of how demographics of the all-volunteer military actually changed after 9/11. Join us as our panelists examine the characteristics of recruits including education, race, income, and region, to clarify just who among us is bearing the burden in the defense of our nation.