The Nation: You're in the Army Now... If It Suits You

TODAY'S ARMY WANTS TO JOIN YOU goes the pitch these days, as the military looks for new lures to pull young men into service. The trouble is (to the chagrin of ramrod recruiting sergeants from the old brown-boot Army), those breezy promises of salubrious duty have to be kept. Indeed, an astonishing precedent to that end has been set.

In 1969, Sergeant David Lee Klapp bought the blandishments of those hip, upbeat re-enlistment posters and, as they say in the service, took a burst of six. When he arrived in Germany last year, however, Klapp found the contemporary Army was nowhere near...

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