30 Sep 2010

Alienation of military not wanted - Gates

7:31 pm on 30 September 2010

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has warned of the dangers of the US military becoming alienated from the rest of American society.

He says the all-volunteer force was recruiting from a smaller and smaller base of people.

Mr Gates says most Americans, particularly those in the liberal north-east and Pacific coast, had few relatives or friends in the armed forces, so wars like Afghanistan and Iraq remain an abstraction that does not touch them personally.