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March 25, 2005

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They do this stuff right at the same time they're falling behind in recruitment, largely because minorities (who in the past saw the military as a means of getting training for a job and money for education) are enlisting at about half the rate they did in the past. I have to imagine that if this news gets out that it will become even harder for the military to recruit enough people.

I have to imagine that if this news gets out that it will become even harder for the military to recruit enough people.

So let's get the word out. I almost joined the military seven years, and it was for one reason--money for school. I'm glad I didn't for reasons beyond this debacle in Iraq and Afghanistan,and I'll gladly pay back what I took out in student loans instead. But those are going to be drying up, not to mention Pell grants--the military is the last best chance for college for a huge number of people in this country, and if that's taken away, we'll see despair on multiple levels. How would you like to be faced with the choice of being unable to go to school, unable to get a job, or go to fight in a war where there's a pretty good chance you'll be either killed or significantly injured? Not much of a choice, is it?

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