The American military as a system of goverment
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28-08-2012, 12:12 AM
RE: The American military as a system of goverment
(27-08-2012 11:25 PM)Buddy Christ Wrote:  
(27-08-2012 09:24 PM)Chas Wrote:  And from whence do the laws and civil authority come when you're not on the job?

I was stationed in Germany and we were basically untouchable by German police. The most they could do is hand us over to the military to deal with accordingly. So on base and during work hours, we would be governed by the MP, or Military Police. Same as what we have in civilian world. And outside the base and during off hours, we had something, I forget the technical name (something like Drunk Patrol), where different people were assigned each night to drive around the city making sure soldiers weren't doing anything stupid. So the law is enforced in roughly the same manner.

But as far as law creation and amendment... we were bound to the same 3 branches as civilians. Perhaps it's possible to maintain the same political system of lawmaking and just introduce this new military structure? We're not talking about replacing the old America as much as just implementing military socialism.

"military socialism" is as close as you get to communism without calling it communism. You have too much faith in your superiors, but if we implement something like you suggest it would be a matter of time until they bring everything down. And it's harder to do when they can do whatever they want because of the said "discipline"

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28-08-2012, 11:23 AM
RE: The American military as a system of goverment
(27-08-2012 05:18 PM)Logica Humano Wrote:  
(27-08-2012 03:55 PM)tnt4philly Wrote:  The threat of going into combat has still been a determent for most "college money only" recruits for quite sometime. Like I sadi, even before that college money was not the majority reason.

The idea is that you will be one of the few who do. It is the same as, "Well, a number of people die while giving birth, so I won't get pregnant." You just don't care because it is statistically insignificant. Not many soldiers see combat at all.

I have spent my entire life around the military, my father's side have all been apart of it, and I spend my time around recruiters. I know that is a definite primary motivator.

Not many? As of Nov 11, 2011.....
Quote:There are currently 2,317,761 men and women in uniform. Of this total number, 1,348,405 have been deployed since the Sept. 11 attacks. About 58.2 percent of those currently in uniform have served a deployment since 9/11.
See full article here. Things have probably slowed down a little since the article, but saying that the majority of troops will not see combat are false.

I was in the military from 1981-2008 that included a 12 month tour in Iraq. I think I have a little insight about what motivates soldiers and sailors to enlist and it is more than just educational benefits.
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