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Secty. Gates Decries Growing Disconnect Between the Public and the Military, Speech Highlights JINSA Mission Importance

October 1, 2010

In a speech Wednesday at Duke University, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said this disconnect has imposed a heavy burden on a small segment of society and wildly driven up the costs of maintaining an all-volunteer force. “Whatever their fond sentiments for men and women in uniform, for most Americans the war remains an abstraction — a distant and unpleasant series of news items that do not affect them personally,” Gates said.

Gates’ observation highlights the ongoing importance of JINSA’s mission, in part, to: “Improve awareness in the general public of the importance of a strong American defense capability.” In pursuit of that goal, JINSA regularly brings community leaders from across the country to U.S. military facilities which, as the article notes, are often located far from major urban centers. There they are able to observe first-hand military life including training and education. Highlighting these visits is the time spent, usually at meals, with the most junior service members who make up the vast bulk of U.S. military personnel. Their opinions and observations assist JINSA in advocating for a range of issues affecting U.S. military personnel.

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