A Student of History

November 27, 2007

Not great news…but an old expedient

Filed under: Wars — John Maass @ 12:00 pm

Two weeks ago, the Pentagon announced the “good news” that the army had met its recruiting goal for October, the first month in a five-year plan to add 65,000 new soldiers to the ranks by 2012.

But Pentagon statistics show the army met that goal by accepting a higher percentage of enlistees with criminal records, drug or alcohol problems, or health conditions that would have ordinarily disqualified them from service.

We should not be surprised by this expedient, as it has been used many times over in the past, going back to colonial times.  Old men and boys have always been resorted to when drafts and bonueses fail to bring men into the ranks.

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