Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Putting off the draft

From the Army Times.

Army recruiters now have a wider pool to find future soldiers in. The Army is reaching out to a slice of America’s youth long ineligible to serve: non-high school graduates who don’t have a General Equivalency Diploma.

Recruiters can now go after that demographic through the “Army Educations Plus” option, the Army announced Tuesday.
Those poor recruiters need all the help they can get.
Smith said last week that senior Army leadership has acknowledged that the active duty Army, Reserve and Guard will each miss their respective annual goals for fiscal 2005, which ends this month.
You have to wonder how they will be able to occupy Iraq for the next three years without a draft. Can Blackwater and the rest of the companies that supply mercenaries, (or they like to call them, contractors) fill the shortfall for that long?

And more importantly can we afford to pay them? If China or Japan for instance decided to pull out of foreign debt, we're screwed.
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Anonymous ks said...

Unbelieveable. Prior to the war, young people without educations couldn't better themselves by enlisting if they wanted too. Now, suddenly, the military doesn't care what their educational status is.

What hypocrites. Once again, the poor get the shaft. If those young people are suitable for enlistment now, they should have been suitable during peace times too.

8:56:00 AM  
Blogger Bob Merkin said...

the all-volunteer military digs deeper into the sludge for lower recruitment standards.

this was the core of the abu ghraib catastrophe: one of the National Guard soldiers charged appears to be borderline retarded. As the military lowers its standards to keep meeting its recruitment goals ... we get abu ghraib crap.

5:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Cliff said...

I feel so much safer now that we are going to get less qualified recruits. Why stop there? Let them recruit criminals and the mentally disabled too.

4:34:00 PM  

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