The Military as a Social Experiment: Challenging a Trope

  title={The Military as a Social Experiment: Challenging a Trope},
  author={Jacqueline E. Whitt and Elizabeth A. Perazzo},
  journal={The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters},
T phrase “The military is a fighting force, not a social experiment!” has become something of a rallying cry in contemporary conservative discourse about the American military. It is usually deployed in response to policies related to religion, gender, and sexuality. This phrase, though, misrepresents the real social and political history of the United States military, and it presents a false choice between experimentation and effectiveness. In reality, the choice is more complex. 
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