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GG091014: Ah to be young again, brimming with potential energy, stepping out into the world ready to make your own way, to be highly trained in the art of killing people– wait, what?

October 14, 2009

A Historic Success In Military Recruiting[T]he U.S. military has met all of its annual recruiting goals, as hundreds of thousands of young people have enlisted despite the near-certainty that they will go to war. … [T]he economic downturn and rising joblessness, as well as bonuses and other factors, [have] led more qualified youths to enlist. … “We delivered beyond anything the framers of the all-volunteer force would have anticipated[.]” … The recession “was a force … given the unemployment that we had not directly forecast, allowed us to be for much of the year in a very favorable position.” … Historically, there has been a strong correlation between rising unemployment and increases in “high quality” enlistments[.] … [G]iven the success this year, the Pentagon is cutting its $5 billion recruiting budget by 11 percent for next year. — By all accounts, this is a triumph. —

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