Army Recruiters Make Goals
Friday, July 01, 2005
(SNN Washington) For the first time since January, the Army has met its monthly recruiting goal. The Army exceeded its goal of 5,640 recruits by about 500 people. The army reserve also made its first monthly quota since December.
The Army exceeded its goal of 5,640 recruits by about 500 people.
Recent droops in recruiting figures prompted President Bush to make a plea on Tuesday. "I thank those of you who have re-enlisted in an hour when your country needs you," he said. "And to those watching tonight who are considering a military career, there is no higher calling than service in our armed forces."
Many people believe that the reason recruitment is low is that our young men and women do not want to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, a recent straw poll of college Republicans showed an amazingly high number of long term injuries and ailments, preventing them from joining up.
Detractors also pointed out the new lower standards for recruitment
Others dismiss this success saying that a one month surge will not meet the annual goal which is expected to be off by about 14%. Detractors also pointed out the new lower standards for recruitment and the new $20,000 signing bonus.
The Army now accepts people they never would have just a year ago. They are now taking those who have no high school diploma, no needed skills, and no discernable aptitude for anything. And these recruitment standards are low in all branches. In an extreme case, a Dalmatian named Toby was allowed to join the Navy. When asked about the enlistment, Sec. Donald Rumsfeld said that Toby looked “adorable” in his little sailor suit.