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There was plenty of interest in my posts yesterday on coed dorms and training in the military. So here’s some further comment and reading. First, it’s important to emphasize that military life and civilian life are not the same. The military trains men to be disciplined and act with honor, but also to kill. It’s not always easy to turn that aggressiveness off. The military also emphasizes rank, and this leads to complicated attempts to limit fraternization between superiors and those they command. And military training and education emphasizes group cohesion in a way that ordinary higher education does not. For all of these reasons and more, coed living and training in a military context are more complicated than coed living in civilian universities.


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