11/30/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Robert Gates: "Service In The Military .. Has Become Something For Other People To Do'

After discussing the state of America's all-volunteer military force, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates implored Duke students to "earn their freedom" Wednesday night.

Speaking to a packed Page Auditorium, Gates reflected on both the benefits and consequences of maintaining voluntary service in wartime, arguing that although the system has improved military performance, it has also come at an unsustainable price and placed extraordinary strain on a small sliver of society.

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