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Good News: African-American Youths Are Rejecting US Military [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2005-3-18 18:03:18 |Display all floors
An increasing number are refusing to become pawns in America's war machine. More and more are coming to the conclusion that America's wars are about controling other people's resources, and they are having nothing to do with it. The same is true with America's young women:

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0315-08.htm

It seems that America's ruling elite will increasingly have to rely on poor young white males, pump them up with jingoistic propaganda, and use them as cannon fodder to fight America's coming imperial wars around the world.

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Post time 2005-3-18 20:03:19 |Display all floors

It is the economics.

Whereas it is good news that African-American youths may reject joining up but the reality is harsh. The bulk of these recruits, whether black, white or brown, are lured by the paying jobs. The poor segment of the community have little alternatives. As high school students, their future is bleak. College and universities are out of the question.Even a low paid job is hard to come by. So the allure and the seduction of an uniform, travels and some money in the pocket  is rather compelling a reason to join up. This applies more across the socio-economic strata than a racial divide. As the economy worsens ( partly due to the wars ) job opportunities outside  the armed forces will diminsh further. The logical conclusion is that the US needs to create more wars to create employment. What a horrible thought.

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Post time 2005-3-19 07:51:50 |Display all floors

Reply: It is the economics.

"As the economy worsens ( partly due to the wars ) job opportunities outside the armed forces will diminsh further. The logical conclusion is that the US needs to create more wars to create employment. What a horrible thought."

The US is creating wars at the direction of the neo-jews.

Why did America not attack a country that does have nucler weapons like North Korea.  Our two biggest trading partners, japan and china, are in the area not to mention all the US trops in South Korea and Japan.  

If America wanted to create more jobs, America would just place a restriction on the 2 million plus immigrants (legal and illegal) from.  America could then restrict the in sourcing and out sourcing of America jobs.

All of these actions would make a lot more sense then spending billions a year for wars.

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Post time 2005-3-19 11:49:49 |Display all floors

As this article shows,

even though they are trying to throw more money and other perks such as college education at youngsters to con them into becoming murderers - and/or cannon fodder - it isn't working very well.

If the youth of America are rejecting being turned into murderers for cash this may be a sign of good things coming for America, and that can only be good for all.

Maybe America will return to the fold as a valued nation of the world community after all.

From: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1503&ncid=1503&e=16&
u=/afp/20050317/ts_afp/
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US Army asks for longer enlistments as recruitment numbers fall

Thu Mar 17, 2:53 AM ET
Top Stories - AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Army has asked Congress to allow it to extend enlistment contracts offered to future soldiers by two years in order to "stabilize the force," as top defense officials warned that key recruitment targets for the year could be missed

The request came as the House of Representatives on Wednesday put its stamp of approval on an 81.4-billion-dollar supplemental spending bill that contains new benefits for US troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But the new money notwithstanding, Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Franklin Hagenbeck told a House subcommittee that yearly recruitment goals for the Army reserve and the National Guard were "at risk."

"In the manning area, we need Congress to change the maximum enlistment time from six years to eight years in order to help stabilize the force for longer periods of time," Hagenbeck went on to say.

The appeal coincided with the release of a new congressional report that showed that the intensifying anti-American insurgency in Iraq and continued violence in Afghanistan were followed by a distinct drop in the number of volunteers willing to serve in the branches of the military that see the most combat.

The Army reserve and Army National Guard respectively met only 87 percent and 80 percent of their overall recruiting goals in the first quarter of fiscal 2005, according to the study by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.

The Air Force Reserve attained 91 percent of its target, the Air National Guard 71 percent and the Navy Reserve 77 percent.

The shortfalls could potentially have a noticeable effect on units operating in Iraq, Afghanistan and surrounding areas because, according to defense officials, reservists and guardsmen make up about 46 percent of the total force deployed there.

Recruitment problems are beginning to dog even active duty units that have not experienced them in a long time.

The Marine Corps, whose reputation for efficiency and toughness has always helped it attract ambitious young men and women, missed its goal by 84 recruits in January and another 192 in February for the first time in 10 years, the GAO report said.

"There is no disputing the fact that the force is facing challenges," acknowledged Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Charles Abell.

The obvious cooling off in Americans' interest in military service is observed despite multiplying benefits and financial enticements offered by the Pentagon to those signing up for service.

The supplemental measure passed by the House, for example, increases the maximum service member group life insurance benefits from 250,000 dollars to 400,000 dollars.

The onetime death gratuity for combat fatalities received by family members is going up from 12,000 to 100,000 dollars.

At 150,000 dollars a pop, reenlistment bonuses paid to experienced Special Forces members are beginning to resemble Christmas paychecks on Wall Street, while one-time cash incentives for brand new recruits went up from 8,000 dollars to 10,000 dollars -- and to 20,000, if they agree to take one of the military jobs deemed hard to fill.

College scholarships, the principle reason why many young people join the military, have been boosted by the Army from 50,000 dollars to 70,000.

Still, Army reserve commander Lieutenant General James Helmly warned in January that with lengthy and grueling deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the reserve is rapidly turning into "a broken force" and may not be able to meet its operational requirements in the future.
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Also many reports of "recruiters" being chased off college campuses by students - and the students getting into trouble of course.

Yes, perhaps a good sign of a better future as long as the current generation lives long enough.

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Post time 2005-3-19 17:16:28 |Display all floors

Reply: As this article shows,

canchin:

even though they are trying to throw more money and other perks such as college education at youngsters to con them into becoming murderers - and/or cannon fodder - it isn't working very well.

If the youth of America are rejecting being turned into murderers for cash this may be a sign of good things coming for America, and that can only be good for all.

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I don’t think so.  Maybe America will take the path of Rome.  That is, recruit foreigners to fight in the American army with a promise of citizenship after the service is complete.

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Post time 2005-3-19 19:51:07 |Display all floors

Oh,come on

They can't change the situation!

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Post time 2005-3-20 08:59:36 |Display all floors

The recruiting may very well be down

but your observations and conclusions are absurd.  The article that was linked is hardly an unbiased analysis of current events.  If you want to seize on its bias as reality, that's your business, but you're not really gaining a true understanding.

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