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Colman McCarthy Has the Answer: Should the Pentagon offer new recruits an option to finish post-active-duty military obligations in the Peace Corps, rather than the reserves? It was a question ready made for commentary by Colman McCarthy, former Washington Post columnist and now director of the Center for Teaching Peace. He’s 100 percent behind the idea. In an op-ed in Sunday’s Post, McCarthy even denigrates anti-military “elitists” who would bar the door to the Peace Corps ranks. Why? He thinks that the partnership will shake Peace Corps funding from the Pentagon’s “money tree.”