Military service and the Peace Corps

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By Larry E. Jackson ( on Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:10 pm: Edit Post

I must take exception to the whole issue of the use of former military personnel in the PC. As an RCPV I would note that I served in the PC after 23 years service in the military and now teach in China.

It seemed to be that certain PC folks were shocked to think that military service would be consistent with the ideals of the PC.

This in the most painfully politically correct of organizations that would recognize gays and any other behavioral norm that was possible and yet would refuse to use former military members purely because of that. How do we justify that?

As I noted to a fellow volunteer "...sometimes military service can be radicalizing in surprising directions." I got an apology then and I think one is due now.

My serice in the military does not predict my social attitudes.

I would add to tht that I served in the PC in my late '50s and would close noting that John Kennedy, the patron saint of the PC was a military veteran of some note.

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