Photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki Sprenkle

Eighteen. That is the percentage of 114th Congress that has worn the uniform of the United States military. For the past 25 years, that number has been declining with almost every successive delegation elected. As the military continues to grow more secluded and alienated from the rest of the population, nowhere are the strains in the civilian-military relationship more evident than in the make-up and recent actions of Congress.

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