James E. Parco (Colorado College): For God and Country: Religious Fundamentalism in the United States Military. From FDL, a book salon on Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror by Matt Kennard. Aaron B. O’Connell on the permanent militarization of America (and more by Stephen Walt). The Few, the Proud, the Infantilized: Bruce Fleming on how America's military academies have become mockeries of their own ideals. From Small Wars Journal, Peter J. Munson on military culture and its implication for the future force. Brian McAllister reviews The Generals: American Military Command From World War II to Today by Thomas E. Ricks. General failure: Thomas Ricks on how a culture of mediocrity has taken hold within the Army's leadership ranks — and why America's military future depends on uprooting it. From Foreign Policy, soldiers these days need less muscle and more maturity, so why do we still focus on recruiting 18-year-olds?; and why are all these advocacy groups aligning themselves with the military? There are changes afoot for the women’s uniforms in the interest of “gender neutrality”.

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