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Monday, June 25

Boo hoo. The number of black military enlistees have dropped

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of blacks joining the military has plunged by more than one-third since the Afghanistan and Iraq wars began. Other job prospects are soaring and relatives of potential recruits increasingly are discouraging them from joining the armed services.
And they also think that the daily death toll has been deterrent. Ya think?
And there was no mention that the war is fucking bogus. That might also be a factor.

According to Pentagon data, there were nearly 51,500 new black recruits for active duty and reserves in 2001. That number fell to less than 32,000 in 2006, a 38 percent decline.

When only active duty troops are counted, the number of black recruits went from more than 31,000 in 2002 to about 23,600 in 2006, almost one-quarter fewer.

The decline is particularly stark for the Army. Blacks represented about 23 percent of the active Army's enlisted recruits in 2000, but 12.4 percent in 2006.
Oh dear. Black people are smarter and better informed than the military bargained for. The article goes on to say that the poor recruiters have to spend a lot of time, more time with those who can influence students to join the war military than ever before. They still aren't having much luck.
Gilroy, the Pentagon official, said the improving economy is giving potential recruits more opportunities for better paying jobs outside the military.

But he said the growing dissatisfaction with the war among black political and community leaders, as well as parents and teachers, is a major factor, too.
Well I don't know about better paying jobs these days, but you don't have to be black to notice that the chimperor is naked.
And this is funny: is up to the country's leaders, particularly members of Congress who have served in the military to "talk about the nobility of service."
Oh yes, young black people really look up to rich white men in Washington.
With detailed, color-coded graphs, the military can chart the erosion in support for the war among the adults who surround recruits of all ethnicities.

Hey most vets I know wouldn't let their kids go and fight in this ridiculous fiasco. I'd lock my son in his room if he even suggested a stint in the military under this clown commander in chief. It's graduate school, a job or the Peace Corps. Those are the options on the table and I don't care if he's 21.

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