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Bridging the Gap

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

A new film about America’s civil-military divide is in the final stages of production, and it’s worth checking out. “Bridging the Gap” explores the disconnect that members of the public and members of the military feel with each other. As the film makers note, “It’s not that Americans don’t like the military – they love it! They just don’t have a clue who’s in it, what one does, what it costs them, or costs those that joint it. Military service has become something other people do.”

“Members of the military,” they continue, “in turn perceive themselves as having little in common with the rest of the country. They are ‘different’ from the civilian population and consider themselves ‘better.’ The result is an increasing mutual incomprehension in civil military affairs that has been labeled a perfect storm.”

The film features many interviews with experts on civil-military relations—including the Program on American Citizenship’s Cheryl Miller, who discusses her work on ROTC in elite colleges.

You can read transcripts from the interviews and watch a trailer of the documentary at the film’s website.