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Armed Forces & Society , Volume 2 (3): 433 – Jul 1, 1976


Sage Publications
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Comment MORRIS JANOWITZ University of Chicago CHARLES C. MOSKOS, Jr. Northwestern University 1le contribution by Schexnider and Butler significantly advances the discussion of racial composition in the all-volunteer force. It should also be noted that these two social scientists have each conducted their own impressive research on blacks in the military. Nevertheless, we do find ourselves in some disagreement with both the tone and the substance of the Schexnider and Butler reply to our article. The merits of the respective positions must be left to the reader's judgment, but three points in particular require a brief response. 1. We state in our article that racial quotas are "morally repugnant" and we can only repeat it here. Our original statement consciously avoided any possible linkages between racial quotas and affirmative action/equal opportunity policies, which the formulation of Schexnider and Butler does not. This could allow for an unintended misconstruing of their position on what is a most sensitive issue. Quite unlike what is becoming current fashion, we remain unalterably committed to the full and equal opportunity for members of all races and ethnic groups to participate in formal institutions-especially including the armed forces of the United States. 2. The
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