Alternative Spring Break 2013-2014 - Bridging the Civil-Military Divide: Military Service as Public Service in the 21st Century

Basic Information
Application Process: 
Alternative Spring Break 2013-2014
Trip Name: 
Bridging the Civil-Military Divide: Military Service as Public Service in the 21st Century
Trip Location: 
East Coast
Air Travel Trip: 
This trip will travel by air.
Number of Participants: 
12
Trip Description: 

How does society conceive of a soldier, a sailor, an airman, a marine? How do Americans perceive military service and what role do service members play in our society? Today fewer than 0.5 percent of Americans serve in the military, as compared to roughly 12 percent during the second World War. This has led to a widening gap in knowledge about the military, its members and the functions they perform, as well as its basic structure and tradition of service. This course is intended to introduce students to the notion of military service as public service and explore how misperceptions on both sides affect the civil-military divide. Over Spring Break students will travel to the East Coast to interact with peers their age in the military, from both the enlisted and officer corps, as well as civilians serving in the Department of Defense and college students at U.S. military academies. 

 
Trip Leaders
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AJ Sugarman

I am a senior majoring in political science, having made the long journey to Stanford from my home in Los Angeles, California. As the son of two civilians, I don't come from a military background, but at Stanford I have had the opportunity to engage with military issues in class as well as in campus debates like that around the return of ROTC. I have also gained some first-hand experience through internships with the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C. and the Armed Services Committee in the House of Representatives. On campus I am involved with Stanford in Government and the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS)Skiing, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and The Wire and Arrested Development are my favorite escapes from work.

Matthew Colford

Matthew Colford is a Senior majoring in Political Science with Honors and minoring in Mathematics and Arabic. In the past he has interned at the United States Embassy in Morocco as well as at the White House, two public service experiences that brought him in to contact with various servicemen and women from whom he learned a great deal. On campus, he is involved with Stanford in Government and AMENDS and is the student coordinator for the Haas Center’s Military Service as Public Service Program. He feels excited and privileged to be leading an Alternative Spring Break on such an important issue.