First Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest
There is a growing gulf between the sailor and the nation and people he serves. This gap must be bridged soon, and the way to start is by monetizing benefits and reintegrating military personnel into the civilian communities.
Samuel Huntington's classic work "The Soldier and the State" describes the relationship between the American military officer and the nation that he serves. Much has changed since Professor Huntington published his book in 1957, and we would profit from a revisit of the relationship between the warrior and the state—this time in the context of the U.S. Navy.
Our review of this subject is urgent. There is growing disharmony on both sides. A cold-eyed look at military attitudes toward the people and the institutions of this nation shows enough misunderstanding to constitute a growing, self-created gulf of isolation. In return, our citizens have become increasingly distant from their Navy and less patient and knowing in their treatment of military matters. This is the military issue of the day.