12 Sep '18, 12pm

The #Afghanistan war has gone on so long that people born after Sept. 11 can now enlist

The #Afghanistan war has gone on so long that people born after Sept. 11 can now enlist

A day after hijacked planes destroyed the World Trade Center towers, tore into the Pentagon and cratered a Pennsylvania field, thousands of babies were born in the United States. They emerged from the womb on Sept. 12, 2001, as hospital televisions were tuned to smoldering rubble, and they grew alongside the subsequent war against al-Qaida and the Taliban. Wednesday marks a new era for the war in Afghanistan and the young people who make up the bulk of enlistees. It is the first day someone born after the terrorist attacks can enlist, at age 17, and begin a path to serve in the seemingly endless war launched in response to those attacks. That is a mind-bending prospect; troops were once partially motivated to enlist because of the attacks. Now, 17 years later, the unfinished war grows further from the events that created it. The dividing line between troops who enlisted be...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/the-afghanistan-war-has-gone...

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