Heres a current event for you.
I'm driving home from work the other night, and listening to a commercial station over here in the UK.
During a break, an advert comes on for the British Army. Now I can't remember what it said exactly, but it was along the lines of
"Escape the credit crisis - £16,000 salary, free medical and dental care, guaranteed work, guaranteed pay and a solid pension - join the Army"
So I looked up the British Army website, and lo and behold
Pay Pensions and Allowances
- "More in your wallet".
And its struck me that such methods of recruiting are particularly crass, considering theres a damn good chance that you are going to be deployed one
day, should you join, and face very real possibilites that you'll be coming home minus one of your limbs, or emotionally scarred for life, or in a
body bag. (Admittedly that doesn't happen to everyone, but still the possibility is there)
So - the question is this - is playing on "financial stability" in difficult times a responsible thing for the armed forces to be doing - especially
when people are at their most vulnerable with their families to look after and might be tempted without thinking it through logically?
And does such recruiting undermine the armed forces, by bringing in people who may not be naturally adventurous, and thrive on the challenges and
difficulties presented to them, but manage to pass basic training and want to stay the course?
I know that Army Recruitment is a big deal in some of the less wealthy areas of the 'states as well, so have at it, and lets hear some of your
stories about the more "unscrupulous" army recruiting - I'd love to hear from military folks as well - did you have to serve with someone who
really had no idea what they were getting into?
[edit on 3/1208/08 by neformore]