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