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What's Spurring Youth To Enlist?

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What's Spurring Youth To Enlist?

The Impact of War

What's Spurring Youth To Enlist?

What's Spurring Youth To Enlist?

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General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has called for the deployment of 40,000 to 60,000 additional U.S. troops to fight the war in Afghanistan — and many young people are willing to enlist. With recruitment numbers up, Neal Conan and guests discuss how young recruits are making the decision to join the military.

GUESTS:

Michael Massing, frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. author of the The Volunteer Army: Who Fights and Why?, and the The Fix, a book about America's war on drugs.

Beth Asch, senior economist at the Rand Corporation specializing in military manpower and author of a recent report for the Rand Corporation, "Recruiting Minorities."