I remember that first bus trip to Paris Island. The fear of the unknown paramount, my resolve tested. There was no war, yet I had talents and found
myself in combat. The men and women joining our forces today know there is a war; they know they are going into combat. Still they come from far and
wide, rich and poor, to serve the Country, to serve us. Ready to make the final sacrifice, to pay for the freedoms we all enjoy.
Over 90 percent of military recruits have a high school diploma – a credential held by only about 75 percent of their peers. A traditional high
school diploma is the best single predictor of “stick-to-it-iveness” and successful adjustment to the military. Recruits with a high school
diploma have a 70-percent probability of completing a three-year term of enlistment, compared with a 50-percent likelihood for non-graduates.
Nearly two-thirds of today’s recruits are drawn from the top-half of America in math and verbal aptitudes – a strong determinant of training
success and job performance
Fact: Military recruits mirror the US population and are solidly middle class. A recent report shows that more recruits come from middle income
families, with far fewer drawn from poorer families (Figure 2). Youth from upper income families are represented at almost exactly their fair
July, Army 104%, Marines 112% on and on. The recruitment goals are not only being met, they are being routinely exceeded. Standards are up so there
is no longer any of the "join or go to jail" as was routine in the past. These are highly intelligent, informed individuals making the choice to
fight for freedom instead of sitting around complaining about the world.
There is a pride in serving, in having served that is not easily explained. Though some become disenchanted after their experience, the vast majority
find comfort and pride in having served. These men and women know what is happening around the world and are stepping up to go fight that good fight
on shores other than our own. To combat the evil there so that we do not have to combat it here.
Never doubt their commitment, their resolve or their ability to make an informed choice. These are men and women of intellect that have weighed their
choices and choose to defend our freedom.
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