Out of the Army—and Out of a Job

Military Drawdowns Overseas Mean More American Veterans Struggle to Find Meaningful Work at Home


As the military drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the United States will add an additional 80,000 veterans from the Army alone to the civilian workforce. This is on top of the normal annual rate of separations from military service. On this Veterans Day, let’s think about all America’s soldiers who are receiving pink slips.

The military trains and employs more young Americans than any other single institution. They receive rigorous training from a very selective institution that only three out of 10 young Americans are even eligible to join, and they …

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