America's Military Today: Challenges for the Armed Forces in a Time of War

America's Military Today: Challenges for the Armed Forces in a Time of War

by Tod Ensign, Appy, Binkin
     
 

In the face of seemingly unending resistance in Iraq and growing difficulty with recruitment at home, the U.S. armed forces are under increasing scrutiny from Congress, the media, the public, and even from within. America’s Military Today provides an eye-opening survey of the way the modern U.S. military enlists, trains, and deploys its all-volunteer

Overview

In the face of seemingly unending resistance in Iraq and growing difficulty with recruitment at home, the U.S. armed forces are under increasing scrutiny from Congress, the media, the public, and even from within. America’s Military Today provides an eye-opening survey of the way the modern U.S. military enlists, trains, and deploys its all-volunteer force. Long-standing soldiers’ rights attorney Tod Ensign brings together a range of expert commentators to examine hot-button issues, including:

• The techniques used by the Pentagon to recruit and train a required 200,000 volunteers each year
• The controversial arguments being advanced for a return to the draft
• The military’s reputation as an exemplar in the promotion of racial minoritie
• The ongoing challenge of gender discrimination, sexual assaults, and bias against gays and lesbians
• The appropriate role of the armed forces in policing post–9/11 America
• The future of war fighting, with an emphasis on the continued relevance of the ordinary foot soldier

The book also includes first-person accounts from soldiers on active duty in Iraq, providing a harrowing and poignant picture of life at the sharp end of combat duty today.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Fascinating." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

"For a general readership, no better primer on this subject exists in print today." —Toward Freedom

"A great resource for activists as well as scholars, for young people considering military service, and those currently on active duty . . . well written and thoroughly documented." —Z Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595580856
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Tod Ensign is an attorney and the director of Citizen Soldier, a nonprofit GI rights advocacy group. He is the author of Military Life and America’s Military Today (The New Press) and a co-author, with Michael Uhl, of GI Guinea Pigs. He lives in Manhattan.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >