A constant in American politics is the assertion that the volunteer
army is unfair, because it forces the uneducated and poor to fight, or starve.
In actuality, the uneducated (and thus most of the poor) are deliberately
excluded from the military. This is a trend that has been going on for over
twenty years, and has not been interrupted by the war. For example, the
percentage of enlistees from the poorest neighborhoods (those in the lowest 20
percent of household income), went from 18 percent in 1999, to 14 percent last
year. The educational levels of American soldiers are well above those of the
general American population of the same age and gender. Same with physical and
psychological fitness. The American military, is basically a force of the
above-average the discriminates against the poor and uneducated.