The term “civil-military gap” refers to the divide that exists between those that have served in the armed forces and those that have not. With less than 1% of the population currently serving in an all-volunteer force, and military experience in Congress on the decline, this “gap” is wider than ever. The RAND Corporation found in 2007 that this “gap” reduces support for defense budgets, increases the difficulty of recruiting qualified candidates, reduces public support and, ultimately, undermines the important principle of civilian control of the military.
One of the most powerful ways to connect with others is through the art of storytelling. Therefore, in order to combat this civilian-military gap, the Center for Law and Military Policy has developed a podcast titled “A World Apart,” hosted by Dallis Warshaw, our Vice President of Policy. Listeners will hear stories from those that served and learn about service-related issues, all from a civilian perspective. For updates, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.