Throughout the course we have looked at the evolution of the U.S. military as a institution and seeing its importance in the development of many aspects of the nation, including its economic system, its international power, and its sociocultural symbols.
We have also, both subtly and explicitly, examined the roles of people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQIA community. When looking at the narrative of the U.S. military, there often is not any distinction made about who is serving and how their roles are shaping the institution, and when there is, it seems a little too add and stir.
Although we did not delve fully into their experiences, which would take a course for each group of individuals and their contributions, the hope is that in not doing so, in not fervently separating out their contributions, that it will change the way you see the make up of the institution.
That, rather than thinking of the human symbols of the U.S. military as a monolith: a white, Christian man; with a few white women, people of color, and so forth mixed in, you can see the military’s human symbols as multicultural, with differing religious systems to which they adhere, a variety of places from which they or their their families originated, and with a wide range of gender performances and sexual preferences.
They are a reflection of we the people, and even though it has taken and, for some, will continue to take a while for their full acceptance to occur at all levels of the institution, without their constant participation in the history of an entity typically controlled by, but not born of the aforementioned monolith, the United States would not have grown into a successful and powerful nation.
See what I did there? I just wrote a reflection on this course and my philosophy for it and its organization. Now it’s your turn. What do you think about this idea that the U.S. military has always been a reflection of the multicultural, multigendered, multi-sexual preference community that is the United States? How do you think understanding the military and its history as such can create a more multifaceted, more inclusive understanding of U.S. history as a whole?
This reflection essay should be one page, single-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font
You should refer to the course materials for examples and include citations for that information. MLA citation style is fine.
You should refrain from using the first-person (I, we, etc.). State what you want to state, there is no need to write, I think or I believe. These are your thoughts. State them in an authoritative manner.
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