I Am the Army: America’s New Military Caste

Years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have stretched the American army to its limit. With almost thousand permanent military bases around the globe, the US needs to add another two thousand troops to its 2.5 million member armed forces. The constant need for troops to maintain this massive global presence has caused a crisis in recruitment. In poor and working class communities across the US, military recruiters are working their ways into schools, churches and community groups. They are making the military a normal part of American life. Recent studies shows that Latinos are untapped sources of recruit. The study encourages the military to aggressively target the Latino community.

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