According to a NY Times article 13 April 2014 entitled “In New Officers’ Careers, Peace Is No Dividend” there’s an eerie similar parallel in the US with some West Point graduates (military aristocrats) in the class of 2014 who are actively seeking combat participation. The purpose for such a request is that experience in combat duty is a tremendous career booster for future military career opportunities which served the earlier graduates rather well. The same scenario occurred during the Vietnam era when the war was winding down and recently graduated West Point officers requested assignment there to obtain the combat infantry badge.
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