What's Spurring Youth To Enlist? 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, guests talk about how young recruits are making the decision to join the military.
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What's Spurring Youth To Enlist?

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What's Spurring Youth To Enlist?

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."