"My children are in the service"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 12 01:42:26 UTC 2001

At 6:47 PM -0400 8/11/01, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>  For many of us, "the service" denotes a certain conventional phase of a
>man's life (or woman's life nowadays): after high school, natural choices
>include "college" and "the service". During a significant part of the late
>20th century in the US, there were no other likely choices for a healthy
>young man.
>-- Doug Wilson

...for a healthy young man of a certain class and region, perhaps.
More generally, a non-military job right out of high school has
always been a likely choice, for men or women, at least somewhat more
likely than the military.  Still is in this century, judging from my
son's friends (H.S. Class of '00), scattered among college, military,
and "real world" options.


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