sigh. ran across this article in stars and stripes that said that recruitment numbers are down in the armed forces.
"A senior Defense official says U.S. military recruitment is declining despite studies suggesting the armed forces are more diverse and educated than ever, The Washington Times reported Friday."
now, i doubt like hell that it takes a rocket scientist to figure out why- but here are the 'official' reasons:
"The longevity of the Iraq war, a negative view of military life and rising obesity rates nationwide were cited as principal reasons for the decline, the Times noted."
a negative view of military life. can't possibly imagine why. scandal after scandal has bubbled to the surface- from the 'patriotic' smearing of gold star families for peace to walter reed to forcing wounded soldiers to give back signing bonuses to refusing them mental health services and benefits- to making them buy their own protective gear---still!!!!- i can't imagine why more folks aren't lining up around the corner to enlist. can't imagine why folks have taken to bombing recruitment centers. gee- i wonder.
take a peek at the links at the end of the stars and stripes article- tell me what you think.