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A More Perfect Military
  • Publisher :
    Oxford University Press
  • Author :
    Diane H. Mazur
  • ISBN :
    9780195394481
  • Year of publishing :
    2011
  • Format :
    Hardback
  • Pages :
    240
  • First book that explains how the military has become a world unto itself, increasingly free from the oversight of the US Constitution
  • Expansive account of the social transformation of the US military since the 1970s
  • Traces the main social developments in the military since the 1970s--its increasing identification with the Republican party and how the all-volunteer approach has fueled the culture wars
  • Offers sensible proposals for expanding the Constitution's authority so that it effectively covers the military once again
  • Author is a former US Air Force officer and can speak credibly about the issue
Surveys show that the all-volunteer military is our most respected and trusted institution, but over the last thirty-five years it has grown estranged from civilian society. Without a draft, imperfect as it was, the military is no longer as representative of civilian society. Fewer people accept the obligation for military service, and a larger number lack the knowledge to be engaged participants in civilian control of the military.

The end of the draft, however, is not the most important reason we have a significant civil-military gap today. A More Perfect Military explains how the Supreme Court used the culturaldivision of the Vietnam era to change the nature of our civil-military relations. The Supreme Court describes itself as a strong supporter of the military and its distinctive culture, but in the all-volunteer era, its decisions have consistently undermined the military's traditional relationship to law and the Constitution. Most people would never suspect there was anything wrong, but our civil-military relations are now as constitutionally fragile as they have ever been.

A More Perfect Military is a bracingly candid assessment of the military's constitutional health. It crosses ideological and political boundaries and is challenging-even unsettling-to both liberal and conservative views. It is written for those who believe the military may be slipping away from ourcommon national experience. This book is the blueprint for a new national conversation about military service.
Readership: The primary audience would be general readers who sense the all-volunteer military is under stress, or that military service is not fairly shared, and would like to be able to discuss the relevant military and legal issues more knowledgeably. The book will also be useful as an academic adoption in courses related to law, public policy, and military affairs.