Apr 11, 2018
As the U.S. Army transitioned to the All Volunteer Force in the 1970’s, it realized that it needed to provide a higher standard of living to its soldiers and their families to encourage recruitment and retention. The provision of these services was controversial as it challenged concepts of military identity and became part of a larger political discussion within the U.S. about social welfare services. In this episode of the Strategy Bridge podcast, we talk with Jennifer Mittelstadt about her book The Rise of the Military Welfare State. Mittelstadt is a professor of history at Rutgers University and this year is the Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History at the U. S. Army War College.