Sunday, October 14, 2007

FY-2007 Recruiting Statistics: How the Army Did It

OK, so we were wrong.

Our Army actually exceeded its annual recruiting quota of 80,000 for FY-2007 which ended September 30. By exactly 407 real American patriots. Which is just 8 more than 399, which means that The Pentagon can claim it was 101 percent rather than having to round it down to 100 percent.


With all the media and political attention directed to The Surge, it's amazing that both the Army and the Marine Corps only exceeded their recruiting quotas by one percent at most.

Furthermore, the Army enlisted a far higher percentage of recruits with "moral character" waivers of serious criminal records than before. Major General Thomas Bostick of U.S. Army Recruiting Command told the media that 87 percent of waivers were for relatively trivial misdemeanors. Furthermore, over twenty percent of U.S. Army recruits in FY-2007 lacked a high school diploma.

Is this how the College and Young Republicans show their strong Support of President Bush? Hel-lo!


At 14 October, 2007 13:30, Blogger Icarus said...

I agree with the principle of this group and while not stating my opinion on the war I believe the only way we can/should wage war is to mobilize the entire country. This country is not at war. The military is at war. People slap bumper stickers and yellow ribbons (magnets, not a sticker because that would just damage the car) on the back of the cars and think that demonizing the anti-war side is all that is required.

Similarly on the anti-war side some very extreme people, like Code Pink, seems to believe that the military is evil. It is not evil. It is one of the most noble institutions in this country. People on both sides of this war have to realize that the military carries out the policy of the government. We do not make policy. That is left up to the civilians.

Josh (I've posted here for the last few days)

At 15 October, 2007 08:42, Blogger Karl said...


Please send us an e-mail.

operationyellowelephant at gmail dot com


At 15 October, 2007 11:15, Anonymous Hipple, Rev. Paul T. said...

Not many members of my Youth Ministry a go on to college. In fact, none have since Bobby Thorton moved to Columbus with his mother when she left Karl. But Bobby was a sickly boy so I suppose college studies came more naturally to him than my other boys.

But wouldn't it be nice if you could get all the Christian Youth Ministries to get involved in the war against muslams, rather playing coed softball and going on field trips to animal parks?

In any event, you are doing the Lord's Work with your Interweb sight, which has moved me to prayer of thanks today.

I hope you can get many more Young Men to join our Armies so that we can keep killing those muslams over there so we won't have to kill them over here. Lord knows, if we layer a muslam problem on top of our mexican problem, we'll be in a world of hurt. I imagine we might just need to shut down all those liberal colleges until we get on top of it so we can have enough soldiers.

I'm certain Rep Tom Tancredo would do just that if he were President.


At 15 June, 2008 20:56, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an ex-felon and commited my crimes almost a decade ago, around the same time I turned 20 yrs old. At the time, when the crimes were commited I felt no responsibilty towards my community or country. This could be due to poor parenting during my childhood or possibley the ideals of the communtiy of which I was self raised or even a lack of caring on my part for something I new little of.
Now that I've lived through and delt with the consequnces of my actions I have gained a whole new perspective of life and I honestly belive that we as a country to ensure our continued growth must embrace 3 concepts, resposiblity, accountibilty, and wholistic care of every single member of our country and Yes, I know this may sound like common sense to most or maybe even a little corny but do we do this? In short and in a very genralized answer, NO.
Maybe im wrong but I do have a sense that my contributions to our country may need to be greater then most because of the former life I lived. Joining the milatary would not only help me in redeeming myself but it would also give me an oppurtunity to leave behind the people and places from my past that made me feel confined to living such a life.
I did apply to the ARMY but I was denied acceptence due to the short amount of time between the end of my criminal case and my application to join, which I completely understand and agree with.
But we can not turn our backs on our people because of mistakes that were made in the past. Some crimes are more severe then others and acceptance in the military should be on a case by case basis. But to deny a person a chance at redemption or an oppurtunity to make an honest living will only add to the compounded problems we already face.
For these reasons and due to my own personal struggle to better myself I believe that allowing ex-felons a chance to join the military within a strict set guidelines and policies could greatly benefit our country and it could give many Americans a new begining, a light at the end of a tunnel that once seemed barricaded shut.


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