?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-503347325891241946.post7845424197716180945..comments2013-12-16T20:55:16.599-05:00Comments on Kerplunk: A Night Along the Military-Civilian DivideMatt Gnoreply@blogger.comBlogger1125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-503347325891241946.post-48554128379023274932013-05-03T13:16:14.114-04:002013-05-03T13:16:14.114-04:00I don&#39;t think you saw a military-civilian divi...I don&#39;t think you saw a military-civilian divide so much as you saw a divide between Urban Blue State Culture and the military. <br /><br />I&#39;m an Arkansas native. I have never served in the militay. But I can think of at least 30 relatives, friends, former students, and others I know who are all Marines. I have personally written letters of recommendation for three Marine Corps officer candidates. <br /><br />When I inlcude members of the Army, I can add probably at least 100 others, including my own father. And that&#39;s not counting Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard vets who all push the number into the several hundreds. <br /><br />In my native state, everbody has family, friends, aquaintances in the military. Military uniforms are not considered odd. Most folks can tell, at a glance, which service you&#39;re in based on the uniform. Plenty of folks have seen a dress blue Stetson, and know exactly what it means. <br /><br />The same is true just over the border in Oklahoma, and Texas and Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana that all border Arkansas. <br /><br />Of course, Manhattan is not Arkansas. Manhattan is Blue-State Urban America, which I think looks more and more like a foreign country. Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com