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General McChrystal Discusses His Call To Service in Boston

Retired General Stanley McChrystal discussing national service

Today I had a chance to join other AmeriCorps program leaders to talk with retired four star General Stanley McChrystal about his call for universal, voluntary national service. Gen. McChrystal (he insisted we call him Stan today, but I'm sticking with General here!) first began discussing this idea at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival, where he noted the lack of shared sense of responsibility when less than 1% of the population has been on active duty during a period when our nation has fought two wars. As he said at today's event, "our sense of citizenship has weakened". Gen. McChrystal makes a compelling case that military service and civilian service through programs such as AmeriCorps are "two sides of the same coin," and that ramping up national civilian service can help reinstill a sense of common purpose.Read more

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