Friday, April 01, 2005

Coincidence? I think not.

Well, Army recruiting figures for the month of March are out. The regular Army missed its target by nearly 30%, the National Guard by nearly 50%. Do you think the missed targets may have had anything to do with this announcement today?

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Army National Guard, which recently increased its age limit in an effort to reverse a decline in recruitment, is now opening its doors to less educated people.

Under a policy approved this week, the guard will accept recruits with at least a ninth-grade education, as long as they get a satisfactory score on a vocational aptitude test and obtain a General Education Development diploma within three years of signing up, said spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Milord at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va.

Previously, recruits needed a high-school diploma or GED certificate to enter the guard, said Pennsylvania Army National Guard spokesman Capt. Cory Angell....

Ok, first the enlistment age is raised five years to 39. Now they're taking kids who dropped out in the ninth grade. Oh, for the days when the military was actually raising its recruiting standards rather than taking anyone with a warm body and a pulse.

The Bush administration is systematically destroying the foundation of the U.S. military, and in doing so, our national security.

...By the beginning of 1943, Hitler's armies were stretched to the limit, battling the combined forces of the Soviet Union, United States, England and other Allies. By this time, most able-bodied German men were in the armed services. As a result, starting on January 26, 1943, anti-aircraft batteries were officially manned solely by Hitler Youth boys. At first they were stationed at flak guns near their homes, but as the overall situation deteriorated, they were transferred all over Germany. The younger boys were assigned to operate search lights and assist with communications, often riding their bicycles as dispatch riders. In October 1943, a search light battery received a direct bomb hit, killing the entire crew of boys, all aged 14 and under...

- Hitler Youth History: The War Years