Economy Down, Military Recruitment Up


army.jpg With the ranks of the jobless increasing in droves it’s not surprising that Americans are joining the ranks of a ready and willing employer, the Armed Forces. The Pentagon announced yesterday that all active duty and reserve components, and the Army National Guard, met or exceeded their goals for the first time since 2004, the year that violence intensified in Iraq.

This includes our beleaguered Army, which is plastering its ads (like this one to the right) with dollar signs. Still, let’s not forget we are involved in two wars, and while the new GI Bill is a good thing, we still want more career choices all around. Because otherwise we’ll continue to have what’s akin to an economic draft, further forcing those without financial means into military service.

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