posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 03:34 PM
I agree that if the US Gov believes they are old enough to kill then they should be old enough for everything else (Including not having to have
someone cosign a loan for them) ....
As far as a draft ..maybe here in the US they may not need it after all.
Bad economy spells upturn for military recruiting: Pentagon officials
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US economic crisis could well make life easier for US military recruiters, who have struggled in recent years to meet their
services' enlistment goals in a time of war.
"We do benefit when things look less positive in civil society," said David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. "That is a
situation where more people are willing to give us a chance."
The army and marines, in particular, have had to mount extraordinary efforts in recent years to attract fresh recruits at a time when many prospective
candidates were put off by an unpopular war in Iraq in which more than 4,000 troops have lost their lives.
Despite the challenges, the military recruited more than 300,000 men and women in the fiscal year ending October 1, meeting or exceeding targets set
by the individual services.
In all, 185,000 people signed up for active duty, and 140,000 for the reserves, according to the Pentagon.
"This is probably the strongest recruiting year we've had overall, taking all elements into account, since fiscal year 2004," Chu told reporters