From Citizen Soldier to Secular Saint: The Societal Implications of Military Exceptionalism (Spring 2021)

dc.creatorBryant, Susan
dc.creatorSwaney, Brett
dc.creatorUrben, Heidi
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-27T14:57:07Z
dc.date.available2021-05-27T14:57:07Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.descriptionFor nearly 40 years, the American public has placed extraordinary trust and confidence in the military, celebrating heroism and service in diverse venues ranging from religious services to theme parks to sporting events. Survey after survey has shown that Americans revere their military, at least superficially. How members of the military feel about their own service, sacrifices, and relationship to the rest of society has been an open question. To help explore these questions, we surveyed more than 1,200 midgrade to senior military officers and West Point cadets between 2017 and 2020 regarding their political views, their sacrifices, and their pride in service. In addition to confirming past research indicating that servicemembers are increasingly isolated and have a growing sense of exceptionalism, our results also indicate that the attitudes of military elites who are in the minority in terms of race, gender, and political views vary considerably at times from their majority peers, raising questions about the degree of inclusivity within the ranks today. Facebook ShareLinkedin Shareen_US
dc.description.departmentLBJ School of Public Affairsen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/86248
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/13199
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherTexas National Security Reviewen_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas National Security Reviewen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTexas National Security Review;Vol 4, Iss 2
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subjectTNSR Vol. 4, Iss. 2en_US
dc.subjectmilitary exceptionalismen_US
dc.subjectmilitaryen_US
dc.subjectsurveyen_US
dc.subjectinclusionen_US
dc.titleFrom Citizen Soldier to Secular Saint: The Societal Implications of Military Exceptionalism (Spring 2021)en_US
dc.typeJournalen_US
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