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The Staff of the United States Army (March 1878)
A little more than a decade after the Civil War ended, a U.S. Army colonel sharply criticized the military's personnel structure—warning that it was fostering apathy rather than bravery or a commitment to excellence.

You're in the Army—Again (January 1949)
by Edgar L. Jones
In the late 1940s, as the government reinstituted the peacetime draft, Atlantic correspondent Edgar L. Jones took issue with the excessive and misleading pains the Army seemed to be taking to reassure concerned mothers.

The Draft: Why the Army Needs It (April 1980)
by James Webb
When President Jimmy Carter proposed reinstating the draft registration requirement in response to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, decorated Vietnam combat veteran James Webb said that registration was not enough: Nothing short of reinstituting the draft, he argued, could save the Army. (In 2006, Webb was elected to the U.S. Senate.)

Success Story: Blacks in the Military (May 1986)
by Charles Moskos
In 1986, military sociologist Charles Moskos hailed the U.S. armed forces as one of the country's most successful examples of racial integration.

Five Days in Fallujah (July/August 2004)
by Robert D. Kaplan
While embedded with the Marines in Iraq, Atlantic correspondent Robert D. Kaplan found himself in the midst of gunfire. Marines, he abruptly realized, are very different from the rest of us.