A new study by the Heritage Foundation finds that contrary to popular belief the middle class, not the poor, make up the bulk of military recruits. More than 85 percent come from middle class areas. The War on Terror has only decreased the percentage of recruits from poor neighborhoods. Those areas provided 18 percent of enlistees in prewar 1999 versus 15 peercent in 2003. It also disproved the notion that those enlisting were high school drop-outs. Close to 98 percent of all enlistees had a high school diploma, compared to 75 percent of nonrecruits nationwide. Tim Kane, who prepared the report, said, “In an education context, rather than attracting underprivileged young Americans, the military seems to be attracting above-average Americans.”