The Rise of the Military Welfare State (Hardback)
  • The Rise of the Military Welfare State (Hardback)
zoom

The Rise of the Military Welfare State (Hardback)

(author)
£35.95
Hardback 344 Pages
Published: 12/10/2015
  • We can order this from the publisher

UK delivery within 4-5 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Since the end of the draft, the U.S. Army has prided itself on its patriotic volunteers who heed the call to “Be All That You Can Be.” But beneath the recruitment slogans, the army promised volunteers something more tangible: a social safety net including medical and dental care, education, child care, financial counseling, housing assistance, legal services, and other privileges that had long been reserved for career soldiers. The Rise of the Military Welfare State examines how the U.S. Army’s extension of benefits to enlisted men and women created a military welfare system of unprecedented size and scope.

America’s all-volunteer army took shape in the 1970s, in the wake of widespread opposition to the draft. Abandoning compulsory conscription, it wrestled with how to attract and retain soldiers—a task made more difficult by the military’s plummeting prestige after Vietnam. The army solved the problem, Jennifer Mittelstadt shows, by promising to take care of its own—the more than ten million Americans who volunteered for active duty after 1973 and their families. While the United States dismantled its civilian welfare system in the 1980s and 1990s, army benefits continued to expand.

Yet not everyone was pleased by programs that, in their view, encouraged dependency, infantilized soldiers, and feminized the institution. Fighting to outsource and privatize the army’s “socialist” system and to reinforce “self-reliance” among American soldiers, opponents rolled back some of the military welfare state’s signature achievements, even as a new era of war began.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674286139
Number of pages: 344
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Jennifer Mittelstadt offers a disturbing view of the armed forces as a high-value target in political clashes over public assistance… Politicians have pitted the military against civilians in the battle over social benefits, while barely attending to the needs of service members and their families. - Martha Saxton, The Nation

The Rise of the Military Welfare State is a thought-provoking examination of growing U.S. militarism and the economic costs of the transition from a conscripted to an all-volunteer (or all-mercenary) force. It will interest policy-makers, military professionals, and, not least, the taxpayers who have subsidized American military endeavors over the past forty years. - Christopher Rein, Michigan War Studies Review

A truly important book. Mittelstadt shows how the military welfare state has contributed substantially to upward mobility for both soldiers and their families. Her excellent account is especially crucial today, when outsourcing and privatization threaten the standards of living of service members and civilians alike. - Linda Gordon, New York University

Mittelstadt describes the emergence of a khaki safety net extolled as tangible evidence of the nation’s commitment to its soldiers’ well-being, and she traces how this support system was undermined by a combination of military and civilian agendas. This is a provocative, informed, and disturbing book that provides an essential perspective on the modern U.S. armed forces. - Brian M. Linn, author of The Echo of Battle

You may also be interested in...

Dispatches
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Stalingrad
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
All Hell Let Loose
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Spy Who Loved
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Guns of August
Added to basket
Bravo Two Zero
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Berlin
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Opium War
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Waterloo
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Empire of the Deep
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Napoleon the Great
Added to basket
Love and War in the Apennines
Added to basket
The Battle of Britain
Added to basket
Return of a King
Added to basket
D-Day
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The War of Wars
Added to basket
£20.00
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: