Archives: Military

All-Volunteer Military: Successes and Alternatives

It’s been over 40 years since the US ended the draft and adopted an all-volunteer military. Since then, the country has fought in the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. Some have questioned the effectiveness of the force, but alternatives seem equally problematic. We’ll examine the current system, and ways to keep it both fair and strong.

Veterans and PTSD: The Latest Therapies

This hour we’ll explore the latest in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder therapies, and how veterans and clinicians are working to fight this post-war battle.

Veterans and PTSD: The Latest Therapies

This hour we’ll explore the latest in PTSD therapies, and how veterans and clinicians are working to fight this post-war battle.

All-Volunteer Military: Successes and Alternatives

It’s been over 40 years since the US ended the draft and adopted an all-volunteer military. Since then, the country has fought in the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. Some have questioned the effectiveness of the force, but alternatives seem equally problematic. We’ll examine the current system, and ways to keep it both fair and strong.

Combat Roles: Women in the Military

This Wednesday marked the deadline by which all branches of the US military had to submit plans to end gender-based exclusion. But now the hard work begins: developing gender-neutral standards so women can qualify for combat positions. This hour of all sides, we’ll discuss the impact of women in combat, and the possibility of fair fights.

Women in Military Combat

The Pentagon has lifted its ban on women serving in military combat positions. Proponents of the decision argue it will strengthen our defenses; opponents see it as a distraction at best and a liability at worst.

Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and Transition for U.S. Military

This week, the Department of Defense ended its 18 year “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that has banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. We’ll hear about how the military plans to implement the changes and we’ll talk to a retired service member who was forced to hide his sexual orientation during his time at the military.

Arms Reduction / Quran Burning

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ( “New START”) and nuclear threat reduction; and Muslim perspectives on the planned burning of the Quran.

Stanley McChrystal

President Obama’s decision to remove General Stanley A. McChrystal from his position as the top commander in Afghanistan

The Military’s Personality Disorder Scandal

Charges that the U.S. military is using a false diagnosis of “personality disorder” to deny medical and disability benefits