|Via Wikipedia: the doors (briefly) closed|
There was a curious custom in ancient Rome: when Rome was at war, the doors to the temple were left open; when at peace, the doors were shut. As you can imagine with as martial a people as the Romans, the doors were not oftn shut. In fact, the chronicles tell us that Numa's successor Tulius Hostilius went to war with a neighboring city and the dors remained open for 400 years. They were closed in 235 B.C. after the first war with Carthage, but were only shut for eight years. They were then open until shut (twice) by the emperor Augustus.
So when was the last time that our American Republic shut its figurative doors of the temple? We look a lot like Rome:
You probably know that one has to serve on active duty in the American military for twenty years in order to retire with a pension.Very interesting analysis, including just how long (officially) we have been at war. The gates swing wide, and stay that way.
But do you know the last year that you could have joined the armed forces and had a career wholly in peacetime?