Fighting Words

Army wives go on the offensive against a think-tank report that they say perpetuates a stereotype

The website promised a rare peek into the world of the wives of the Army's enlisted men. And Echo Gaines, 20, a computer student set to marry her soldier sweetheart this fall, found the material shocking indeed. No, this wasn't a steamy tell-all. It was a report from the Rand Corp., the longtime supplier of research to the Pentagon, that seems to endorse a prevailing view that Gaines will be marrying into a sorority whose members are "typically considered to be young, immature, lower-class spouses who are in financial difficulty and who have difficulty controlling their reproductive tendencies."

"My jaw hit...

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