NAVY ID CARD AT AGE 17. Yesterday, a church fellow in his seventies showed me his Navy ID card. The picture on the military ID card was of a mere boy. He says he had just turned 17 when he went to the Pacific region for combat in World War II. My oldest son will turn 17 in a few days. The average age of the troops on the firing line in Iraq is 19.5.
What do you see as significant differences between (a) World War II, (b) the Vietnam conflict, and (c) America's war on Iraq?
Follow-up question: Do you think the rationales for beginning and continuing the war in Iraq were/are substantial enough to place America's youth in harm's way?