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  •  no argument (0+ / 0-)

    I certainly agree that the military is overwhelmingly conservative.  My observation was that the officer corp and senior enlisted are less conservative than junior enlisted folks, contrary to kos's claim.  I could be wrong.. did the 2004 article break out political affiliation by rank?

    "They say you've revolutionised American politics merely by not being dumb." -Mark Helprin, Freddy and Fredericka

    by Matt W on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 10:46:02 AM PST

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    •  no.. (2+ / 0-)
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      peraspera, MadGeorgiaDem

      Not the military.  A researcher at Columbia--who is also a Major and a water-walker--has conducted a survey which shows the military itself is about evently divided between moderates and conservatives, with a smaller percentage calling themselves liberal.  The point here is the career men and women who subscribe to the Military Times are not representative of the military as a whole.

      •  you make my point (0+ / 0-)

        If the Military Times readers are 13% Democrat and 60% Republican, but the military as a whole is pretty much just conservative-moderate with a slight percentage of liberals, than one can assume, perhaps, that Military Times readers (weighted toward senior enlisted and officers) are more liberal than the military as a whole.  This is contrary to kos's statement and represents my position exactly.

        "They say you've revolutionised American politics merely by not being dumb." -Mark Helprin, Freddy and Fredericka

        by Matt W on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 11:01:20 AM PST

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        •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

          I don't get you.  The survey by the researcher showed the overall military 30-something percent conservative, 30-something moderate, 10-something liberal; the rest offered other or no political philosophy.  The Military Times survey was like 57-13 Republican versus Democrat, again with some expressing different/none.  How that makes the Times' readers more liberal beats me, unless you consider "moderates" to be "Republicans."  I consider "moderates" to embrace some of the tenets of both parties.

    •  I retired as a senior NCO in 2003. (2+ / 0-)
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      The officers and senior NCOs are waaay more conservative than the junior enlisted. It has more to do with age than rank or pay. Officers vote 85-90% Republican according to the stats I've seen in the past. Senior NCOs, slightly less so.

      My young kids, the 18-25 year olds, were mostly liberal or left of center. Overall, pretty tolerant. I had a few fire breathing conservatives in that age group, but they were rare.

      Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." -John Adams

      by MadGeorgiaDem on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 06:13:49 PM PST

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