Settle a debate (yeah, because this is such a good cross section of the population).
My husband feels that with the all volunteer military,and the religious right (Christian), that a religous military takeover is coming.
People join the military for several reasons (this all according to him).
1. They have no other way out, poor, in an area with high unemployment, etc.
2. They see it as a way to attend college (again, poor, without the financial resources to attend college otherwise).
3. Family history of military service.
He feels that a larger than average (backed up by some study) percentage of those joining the military are evangelical Christians. Those who feel that because of their religion, their job is to convert others. That as the volunteer military continues, more and more of those enlisting will be of the fundamentalist Christian variety.
Now, my daughter is attending college and participating in NROTC. She's doing it because of a history of military service (both my father and fil were WWII vets, many of mine and my husbands uncles, etc., were also in the military, my husband and I were not). She also wants a career, not just a job, when she finishes college, and feels a military career is honorable.
But his ranting about this is causing some problems. I should add that he is a lapsed Catholic, now an athiest, I have always been an athiest, my daughter is as well. We do not live in a religious area, it's quite liberal in fact.
What say you?