12 October 2011

The Southern Military Tradition

Continues . . .

As a follow up to a previous post:

"Recruits joining the U.S. Army in 2008 disproportionately came from rural and exurban communities — especially from southern states . . . Alabama sent the highest proportion of men and women to the Army, followed by Nevada, Georgia, Arizona and Texas."

(8 of the top 12 would be considered Southern states.)

More here.


13thBama said...

I represent this trend :). For many southern teens, the military is the best ticket to a lasting job. With no money for college and nothing interesting to do for a living, the military shines like a beacon to an adventurous young man.

Chaps said...

Confederate veterans such as Joe Wheeler later served in the U.S. Army. I frequently pass by the graves of General Longstreet's sons in Arlington National Cemetery. Twist statistics as people may try but truth is, the defense of the United States is carried largely on Southern shoulders.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"the military shines like a beacon to an adventurous young man."

I would agree.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Chaps - disproportionally so. And, of course, that's not to take anything away from those who hail from other sections of the U.S., as do some of my ancestors. That being said, since so many historians like to constantly point out the shortcomings of certain Southerners, you'd think, in their desire to be objective, they'd be quick to acknowledge these same Southerners' sacrifices on behalf of the United States.