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Saturday, July 20, 2019

The US military contemplates child soldiers

And here I thought utilizing child soldiers was a sign of an uncivilized society:
The best way to fix the U.S. armed forces’ recruiting challenges may involve dipping further into the nation’s high schools.

As the Army, Navy and other services contend with a thriving economy and a directive to expand their ranks, there is a growing debate over whether the military should consider lowering the minimum enlistment age from 17 to 16. More than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, already have adopted the policy.

Critics say the idea is deeply flawed and presents a host of societal problems, but supporters argue that the Pentagon needs to think outside the box if it wants to continually overcome one of the toughest recruiting environments in decades.
One would have thought now that women are permitted to serve in combat roles, the doubling of the potential pool of recruits would prevent any personpower shortages. If, of course, one were a clueless equalitarian who doesn't see sex or color.

Perhaps it would be more efficient to simply declare a warrior caste and require everyone born into those families to serve in the military.

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77 Comments:

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother July 20, 2019 12:31 PM  

They probably read about the 16 year old bad asses who lied about their age to join up during WW2.

Problem is, give them another year or two and they will still be the 17-18 year olds who aren't joining the military now.

Blogger Adlow July 20, 2019 12:36 PM  

We already allow non-citizen residents in the military. Why not recruit barbarian auxiliaries from outside the country?

Blogger Purge187 July 20, 2019 12:41 PM  

They'd be better off debating whether or not drowning a boy's natural rough-and-tumble in a sea of Ritalin and Feminism is the best way to go about doing things. Can you picture your average soy-boy doing this?:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4DYstzDAJo

Blogger Weak July 20, 2019 12:43 PM  

And we have a winner. Good job Purge. You nailed it.

Blogger Freeholder July 20, 2019 12:46 PM  

This smells like a way to lower the voting age again.

Blogger Weak July 20, 2019 12:49 PM  

Maybe if the military was defending the United States, they would have plenty of volunteers. But who wants to attack Uganda to protect Oceania from Eastasia, whom we have always been at war with?

Blogger The Masked Menace July 20, 2019 1:04 PM  

"Perhaps it would be more efficient to simply declare a warrior caste and require everyone born into those families to serve in the military." - VD
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I nominate it be the political class. People like politicians, government employees, lobbyists, and people associated with NGOs. Hell there's even historical precedence for it. Kings, Barons, and the like used to lead their knights into battle.

Blogger liberranter July 20, 2019 1:07 PM  

The Roman Empire did exactly that, starting in about the late Third Century. We all know how well that eventually worked out for them.

Blogger liberranter July 20, 2019 1:11 PM  

Given that the integrity of the voting process is beyond debate a thing of the past (not that voting ever changes anything anywa, but I digress), why bother to even have a minimum voting age at all?

Blogger John Fuerst July 20, 2019 1:13 PM  

"This smells like a way to lower the voting age again."

Agreed.

Blogger liberranter July 20, 2019 1:14 PM  

Hell there's even historical precedence for it. Kings, Barons, and the like used to lead their knights into battle.

Yup. Going back to Rome again as an example, in the late Republican and early Imperial period, most members of the Senate had commanded a legion at one point.

Blogger buwaya July 20, 2019 1:15 PM  

You dont want your political class running the military. But its maybe not a bad idea to encode it in the cursus honorum, in that one cannot stand as a candidate for Congress without having served five years, and attained the rank of an officer in some combat arm. And for that matter it could be a requirement for promotion beyond a certain level in the civil service.

Granted, this will immediately create an incentive for corruption, as I think one of Biden's sons tried something like this, but it can't be worse than what you have now.

As for a military caste - they need to receive privileges to compensate. Also the system does not scale to 20th-century magnitudes. Its also very vulnerable to casualties.

Blogger buwaya July 20, 2019 1:19 PM  

Extending the life of the empire, already ramshackle, by a century is not a small achievement.

Critics of Rome rarely consider what other civilizations managed, and what troubles they fell into.

Blogger sammibandit July 20, 2019 1:21 PM  

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Blogger swiftfoxmark2 July 20, 2019 1:24 PM  

If the US military was more concerned with national defense than fighting overseas, I think recruitment wouldn't be an issue.

This is just another sign that the neocons in power are realizing that the American people aren't all that interested in their agenda.

Blogger CA3 July 20, 2019 1:29 PM  

Isn't that what the founding generations of Americans functionally were, Christian Bible hugging warriors?

Blogger sammibandit July 20, 2019 1:33 PM  

God saved your flag at Fort Henry. I'm not American but if I know the details properly the dead/wounded at the bottom of the flag pole kept the flag from touching the ground as the hostages prayed in the British ships. Looks like Providence to me from the outside. Plus, of her nations won their flags from God in battle so there's precedence.

Blogger Solon July 20, 2019 1:46 PM  

Does it really matter to them how the American people feel about their agenda? I doubt they spend more than 0.2 seconds a day worrying about "what the people will think."

Blogger Damelon Brinn July 20, 2019 1:56 PM  

This smells like a way to lower the voting age again.

And the age of consent.

On one end of the scale, modern society encourages people to stay children as long as possible, putting off adult responsibilities like marriage and family until their late 20s or 30s. On the other end, the left pushes for lowering the age of consent and removing parental oversight, and we get ideas like this. The sooner they can get you away from your parents' authority and the longer they can keep you from starting a family yourself, the better.

The goal seems to be to take adolescence, which is largely a modern innovation anyway, and stretch it out as long as possible to something like ages 12-28 or longer. And what is this adolescence, but a time when you have most of the rights of an adult, having sex when you want and joining a fight club if you want, but you're still a child avoiding adult responsibilities. Just a 15-20 year period of fighting, partying, and screwing up. Good way to get people atomized and dependent on government and corporations.

Blogger Doktor Jeep July 20, 2019 2:15 PM  

Let women and minorities join. It is their country now. So they can go fight for Israel.

Blogger SmokeyJoe July 20, 2019 2:18 PM  

"Maybe if the military was defending the United States, they would have plenty of volunteers. But who wants to attack Uganda to protect Oceania from Eastasia, whom we have always been at war with?"

Exactly! The dividing is progressing. Choose wisely...

Blogger Jeff Weimer July 20, 2019 2:26 PM  

There are plenty of teen groups that are affiliated with or would benefit from (new or more) military sponsorship and promotion. Civil Air Patrol, Sea Cadets, even the (now-pozzed) Boy Scouts (which were originally organized as an Army auxiliary) would serve as potential recruit funnels without lowering the minimum age that pre-train and pre-prep recruits. The US has been behind even the British Commonwealth countries in this for *decades*. Canadian Sea Cadets (14-19 YO) actually get *paid* and get serious training supported by the CAF.

Blogger MichaelJMaier July 20, 2019 2:32 PM  

swiftfoxmark2 wrote:If the US military was more concerned with national defense than fighting overseas, I think recruitment wouldn't be an issue.

This is just another sign that the neocons in power are realizing that the American people aren't all that interested in their agenda.


A free country would have citizen militias in every county with eligibility to buy everything the US Army has in its arsenal.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella July 20, 2019 2:35 PM  

My family is the warrior caste. We aren't telling sons to join to guard poppy fields for the Rothschilds. If they were going to defend the southern border, they'd be in, already.

Also, if you're going to have warriors, there had better be some huge perquisites: I want the sniveling, cowardly conscientious objectors who just don't want to get shot at branded as peasants, and serving my heroes.

And, women out of the military. I don't want camp-followers in the fox-holes.

Blogger rumpole5 July 20, 2019 2:37 PM  

Blessed savior! My wife thanks every uniform she sees for his service. I wish that we could hand him a $100 bill as well.

Blogger Brett baker July 20, 2019 2:38 PM  

How did that work out for the Roman Republic? And just two more words:
JOHN MCCAIN

Blogger SIE July 20, 2019 2:44 PM  

Blessed savior! My wife thanks every uniform she sees for his service.

I do the same thing to the clerks at WalMart and McDonald's

Blogger Ransom Smith July 20, 2019 2:51 PM  

A 16 year old would shave his head tomorrow if you gave him a rifle and a post on the Southern Boarder wall.

Blogger Right Republican July 20, 2019 2:51 PM  

I can find no source for this assertion except from the original Washington Times article and all the other websites that duplicate this one article. The article does not source anyone in the military, but a young man named Shane McCarthy, who has the title of chief marketing officer of Sandboxx. He is described as "Shane works in Marketing at Sandboxx and is responsible for coordinating content, campaigns and working with our partners and media. He is tasked with keeping Sandboxxers up to date with the latest application features while helping to attract new users. Shane cut his teeth in social media while running campaigns for non-profits in Ireland and India. He holds a BSc in Business Information Systems from the University College Cork. When not on Facebook or Twitter, he is usually found running or biking up mountains." Could this be fake news? I'm going to invoke the Trump Rule and wait a few days until some source from an actual military branch weighs in.

Blogger Xoph July 20, 2019 3:06 PM  

Perhaps it would be more efficient to simply declare a warrior caste and require everyone born into those families to serve in the military.

We already do this. Many people who serve come from a family with a tradition of service. And the military does recruit early from the high schools trying to find kids who are interested early on. Fortunately the best recruites are not the ones the left would approve.

Blogger Hammerli 280 July 20, 2019 3:15 PM  

@24: Every fighting man will be issued four conscript Demservants. A Cargo Dem to haul his pack, an Ammo Dem to carry ammunition, a Mine-Clearing Dem to clear mines, and an Entrenching Dem to dig ditches.

All, of course, are expendable. Usable as non-human shields in the event of an attack.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 20, 2019 3:32 PM  


Perhaps it would be more efficient to simply declare a warrior caste and require everyone born into those families to serve in the military.


Honestly, we aren't that far from it.

Military families have such radically different values from the rest of American society, we virtually are a caste already.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 20, 2019 3:59 PM  

A much, much bigger problem than initial recruiting is retention in the mid-enlisted ranks.

The reason it's a problem is this. The long established leadership learning model is that, a brand new Butter Bars Second Lieutenant platoon commander is paired with a man who had been in for ten years as his Platoon Sergeant.

Ideally, this relationship (believe it or not) is like a Mom who tells everyone that Dad, "is the master of this house and his every whim is my command," but the kids all know who really wears the pants in family.

This kind of relationship is only possible when the Platoon Sergeant has about ten years experience.

A Gunnery Sergeant who retires out today at twenty years will be drawing a pension that is effectively* lower than what he was making as a Private in bootcamp and I'm not exaggerating that.

During the Bush/Obama recession, the view was, "hey, it's better than nothing, which is what I'll be making if I get out."

But now those mid-career guys are saying, "if I get out at twenty-eight I'll be much farther ahead in the long run, than if I start my life over at thirty-eight. Even with a pension. And so they get out.

Which means that Platoon Sergeants are now guys that have only been in for five years. They don't have experience needed to the make the leadership learning model work.

This is degrading the whole military exponentially.




*For the pedants that are getting their calculators warmed up, I am factoring such things as food, housing and utilities which are all provided for an E-1.

Blogger Ken Younos July 20, 2019 4:08 PM  

//Perhaps it would be more efficient to simply declare a warrior caste and require everyone born into those families to serve in the military.//

We have a very competitive global market based economy. Caste will kill a nation's economy.

Blogger Steve Canyon July 20, 2019 4:24 PM  

The military overwhelmingly isn't concerned with fighting. It's concerned with retiring.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd July 20, 2019 4:54 PM  

@36, ours is a peacetime military. The only threat to retirement is taking responsibility.

Blogger Andrew F July 20, 2019 5:07 PM  

Great point, and it is a large chunk of time to try to de-Christianize them.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine July 20, 2019 5:09 PM  

"If the US military was more concerned with national defense than fighting overseas, I think recruitment wouldn't be an issue."

This. If they told us we got to shoot illegals on sight and would be stationed along the border, I'd re-enlist tomorrow.

Blogger God Emperor Memes July 20, 2019 5:10 PM  

So now the Navy will have 16 year old sailoresses getting pregnant to avoid deployment?

Blogger 1100 July 20, 2019 5:13 PM  

Could it be that they realize that even children are better than many of their current crop of soldiers, including the women?

Blogger Argus Bacchus July 20, 2019 5:18 PM  

A military of 16-year-old Laqueeshas and LaDeMaurices.

I feel safer already.

Blogger Hammerli 280 July 20, 2019 5:20 PM  

@33: Good points. There's a solid case to be made for a top-to-bottom reform of enlisted pay and benefits. The current system was designed around single men living in a barracks and eating in a mess hall...when the reality is married men living on the local economy.

Blogger Don't Call Me Len July 20, 2019 5:25 PM  

Well, this is not the justification for such a move I was expecting:

“For one, many of the factors that disqualify older youths from joining — like criminal records — are not as present in younger teens,” said Shane McCarthy, chief marketing officer of Sandboxx, a leading technology platform that connects military members stationed abroad with families and friends at home. Mr. McCarthy also has advised military commands on how to better target recruits.

“Currently, of the 75% of 17- to 24-year-olds who are ineligible to serve, for example, 10% are ineligible due to criminal records,” he wrote in a recent piece for the Military Times. “And, according to the Department of Justice, there are twice as many arrests of 18- to 20-year-olds as there are arrests of 15- to 17-year-olds.”

Blogger Dave R July 20, 2019 5:27 PM  

Precisely. White men have been tricked into killing each other by the millions. Time for the lesbian Muslim trannies to have a turn.

Blogger JG July 20, 2019 6:08 PM  

It's very simple, really. Who the heck wants to join the military just to be mercenaries of the neoclowns and kill innocents so oil prices can be (check one):

Higher [ ]
Lower [ ]

Meanwhile, the USA has been invaded by 40M+ illegals since 1965 and the military doesn't do anything but posture about how powerful they are.

Blogger Jed Mask July 20, 2019 6:09 PM  

Smh... This is MADNESS. This ain't no "solution"...

Only men are to be in military.

Blogger Zaklog the Great July 20, 2019 7:02 PM  

I know the VFM can be dangerously effective when need be. If any of you are particularly bored, there's a psycho wandering around on Mr. Wright's boards threatening doxxing and violence for several of his commenters. I've no idea if he is remotely capable of anything he's claiming, but he is a nasty piece of work.

If anyone with skill in this would like a chewtoy, you can find him on this post: http://www.scifiwright.com/2019/07/a-word-from-an-immigrant/#disqus_thread

Blogger Zaklog the Great July 20, 2019 7:03 PM  

Eh, may as well make your day a teensy-bit easier and make that an actual link. Psycho is here.

Blogger MichaelJMaier July 20, 2019 8:14 PM  

God Emperor Memes wrote:So now the Navy will have 16 year old sailoresses getting pregnant to avoid deployment?

I still chuckle to think of black female Army Reservist that got called up for Bush II's Iraqi adventures.

She only went because she was told she'd be fired from her federal job if she didn't go.

Still got a "hero's welcome" upon her return.

Blogger MichaelJMaier July 20, 2019 8:15 PM  

JG wrote:It's very simple, really. Who the heck wants to join the military just to be mercenaries of the neoclowns and kill innocents so oil prices can be (check one):

Higher [ ]

Lower [ ]

Meanwhile, the USA has been invaded by 40M+ illegals since 1965 and the military doesn't do anything but posture about how powerful they are.


No joke.

I have yet to see even an ATTEMPT at a good rebuttal to Major General Smedley Butler's piece "War Is A Racket".

Blogger Cloudbuster July 20, 2019 8:36 PM  

the Pentagon needs to think outside the box if it wants to continually overcome one of the toughest recruiting environments in decades.

Just spit-balling here, but maybe they could, I dunno, stop sending young American men to get shot at and blown up by ungrateful towelheads in a God-forsaken wasteland.

Blogger Rough Carrigan July 20, 2019 9:00 PM  

Well, seeing as the greatest jurist ever, the posthumous RBG explicitly called for making the age of consent 12 years old, making that same 12 year old serve in the front lines might be safer than what awaits him/her in the rear.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( all aboard the Askren hype train ) July 20, 2019 9:16 PM  

53. Rough Carrigan July 20, 2019 9:00 PM
making that same 12 year old serve in the front lines might be safer than what awaits him/her in the rear.




i see what you did there.


49. Zaklog the Great July 20, 2019 7:03 PM
Eh, may as well make your day a teensy-bit easier and make that an actual link.


dude.

that's just your normal PajamaBoy troll.

either report and block him or dunk on him. i'm sure John will be booting him soon enough.

Blogger Brett baker July 20, 2019 9:18 PM  

Stark's War for real in a couple of decades?

Blogger God Emperor Memes July 20, 2019 9:41 PM  

I have read far too many anecdotes about Black women who consider the military a welfare program in which they have endless rights but without the responsibilities that go with them.

Blogger The Pitchfork Rebel July 20, 2019 9:44 PM  

I'm beginning to think the whole "weaponized raptors" Jurassic World plot line was invented by Spielberg after he heard (about) some Pentagon bureaucrat worrying about the challenge in staffing. When your birthrate is in the toilet and the ruling class is busy replacing #actualAmericans with #FakeAmericans, you know somebody has figured out recruiting quotas are going to be tough to fill in fifteen to 20 years.

How long before twelve and fourteen year olds are conscripted into some sort of youth paramilitary?

Blogger anorganicbear July 20, 2019 10:07 PM  

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Blogger anorganicbear July 20, 2019 10:08 PM  

Join the US Military today! Fight for Israel and Saudi Arabia while foreigners invade your homeland, murder your parents, and gang rape your sisters! Create the refugees that will gang rape your daughters after a generation of fighting in their countries! Remember, it's your duty and if you don't sign up, you're a racist!

Blogger Zaklog the Great July 20, 2019 10:13 PM  

that's just your normal PajamaBoy troll.

Yeah, he actually seems to have a halfway effective plan for dozing people though, and depending who gets involved, that could easily go all the way up to SWATting, which could mean people dead.

Do I think it likely? No, I think nothing will probably come of it, but he seems enough on the ball to cause some damage if he actually intends to.

Blogger Zaklog the Great July 20, 2019 10:14 PM  

Ack! Autocorrect. *doxxing people

Blogger the dude July 20, 2019 10:43 PM  

16 yr olds? gay af

Blogger Paul M July 20, 2019 10:57 PM  

> Perhaps it would be more efficient to simply declare a warrior caste and require everyone born into those families to serve in the military.

What was that story where you had to serve in the military in order to be a full citizen?

Blogger sammibandit July 20, 2019 11:05 PM  

Starship Troopers

Blogger Jay In NYC July 20, 2019 11:07 PM  

If desperate enough they will take more and more low iq monkeys. Not encouraging.

Blogger Paul M July 20, 2019 11:09 PM  

The difficulty with many of these suggestions is that military people are not necessarily suited to run a country. The military is about as close to a pure communist society as you will ever get - command is from the top; all equipment is owned by the state; and you can expect instant obedience when you command, enforced by harsh penalties.

I recall working as a civilian contractor and telling someone with braid that no, there is no way that X would be ready in two weeks. The guy was shocked - you could see that it had been years since anyone told him "no".

An officer in the military does not have to learn compromise, negotiation, and having to deal with the rigours of the market to make a buck. Every nation run by its military is a shithole.

Good at some things - facing certain realities, maybe - but it's not good training for governing free civilians. That's the crux of it: a citizen is free in a way that soldiers aren't.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine July 20, 2019 11:28 PM  

"An officer in the military does not have to learn compromise, negotiation, and having to deal with the rigours of the market to make a buck. Every nation run by its military is a shithole."

No one said that whatever country in question would be run by its military. That is usually the end result of that sort of thinking, yes, but it isn't actually what's being called for. What's being called for is the requirement that anyone in charge should have to know what it feels like to get shit on at the ground level.

Blogger DonReynolds July 20, 2019 11:39 PM  

If the US military has recruiting problems, i.e. difficulty attracting soldiers, sailors, and airmen to the colors, the solution is not to go back to having children in uniform....in the form of bugle boys, drummer boys, and cabin boys/midshipmen.

The French Foreign Legion (and the Spanish Foreign Legion) may be a better solution and put an end to the idea that foreign men and women can or should serve in the regular military as a way to pass out instant citizenship. I have no recent info on the Spanish Foreign Legion, which is similar, but the French Foreign Legion still turns away 4 out of 5 volunteers, and they are still expanding their numbers (though still small).

An American Foreign Legion would naturally be much larger than either the French or the Spanish, and it would be a simple matter to keep the Foreign Legion posted at any number of posts and bases throughout the world, outside the USA, ready and convenient to anywhere they are needed on very short notice. An American Foreign Legion could easily grow out to even greater numbers than would be possible with the US regular military at substantially less cost.

Blogger DonReynolds July 21, 2019 12:10 AM  

Azure Amaranthine wrote:"If the US military was more concerned with national defense than fighting overseas, I think recruitment wouldn't be an issue."

This. If they told us we got to shoot illegals on sight and would be stationed along the border, I'd re-enlist tomorrow.


It probably won't be Donald Trump, but maybe we will get a president that will not be so bashful and reluctant to tap into that very deep well in this country.

If the President asked for 200,000 volunteers to build and defend the wall on the border, against all enemies, foreign and domestic, he would have a half million volunteers by the end of the first month. That would provide the critical mass necessary to make the wall and make it work well.

It may be that the Federal government still has the Civilian Conservation Corps on the books, just ready to dust off and let the regular US Army run it. Only the military has the organization, logistics, and determination to make it work, year in and year out for decades at a time.

Blogger Unknown July 21, 2019 12:21 AM  

The #1 disqualifier to enlisting at present is being a lard ass. The Government could fix that today by repudiating the food pyramid, recommend a high fat moderate protein low carbohydrate diet as the norm, and formulate all government food policies with this diet as the baseline. Also stop subsidizing HFCS, and designate a high sugar diet as the root cause of heart disease.

High carb low fat diet is still the basis upon which the DoD builds all of its meal programs on. Menu cards for meals, the foods it buys, all of it is low fat, high carb.

For elite soldiers, they can get away with that due to their caloric burn rate, but your average sailor who sits at a console/desk for 8-12 hours a day it is exactly the wrong diet.
-Unknownsailor-

Blogger James G. July 21, 2019 4:22 AM  

The military is about as close to a pure communist society as you will ever get

We used to joke in 'A' school that it was exactly that: you were supposed to get everything you needed, but it was substandard and you had to stand in line for it.

Blogger DougW July 21, 2019 8:12 AM  

Well, we already have a de facto warrior caste as it is. Every single generation of my Scots-Irish family has served, and my son is already committed. Given the decay of the culture, I now have mixed feelings about him serving, but it just seems to be something on our genetic make-up, as well as a large percentage of us down the Appalachian mountains.

Blogger DougW July 21, 2019 8:21 AM  

"in our" not "on our".........

Blogger Clay July 21, 2019 10:59 AM  

Get them while the Public Schooling is fresh in their "brain".

Blogger cloom July 21, 2019 11:17 AM  

Italy: female fails to fire the cannon. The man gave her 34 tries and then he did it in one.

https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=aOlEl_1563702382

Blogger DonReynolds July 21, 2019 1:03 PM  

DougW wrote:Well, we already have a de facto warrior caste as it is. Every single generation of my Scots-Irish family has served, and my son is already committed. Given the decay of the culture, I now have mixed feelings about him serving, but it just seems to be something on our genetic make-up, as well as a large percentage of us down the Appalachian mountains.

I agree, Doug.
Military service during wartime seems to follow certain families from one generation to the next, yet there are many families who are completely out of sync with the cycle of war and seldom or ever have any such experience. Is it entirely a coincidence?

When I saw the suggestion that we need a warrior caste, my first thought was....we already have one. My Scot-Irish family have served in the military during wartime ever since the Revolution (and before). Some make a career of it and the rest never seem to ever escape it entirely. Some talk about it but most seem to brood quietly about what it cost and who paid. They never join veterans organizations, or wear their uniform. (My uncle Charlie kept his Marine NCO uniform hanging in his closet until he died in his late 80s, but he never put it back on after WWII.)

I was regular Army, as was my oldest son. He spent 9 years in Okinawa and went native. My Dad and his brothers and brother's in-law were all military during WWII and Korea. Grandfathers were both WWI vets. It seems to work like that.

Blogger sammibandit July 21, 2019 2:57 PM  

Re: warrior class

In Canada you need to know French to get far in the military. As a result, people put their kids in French immersion beginning very young if they're from a military background. I've also noticed most of the people like that are Scots/Irish.

Even if you want to be a military anthropologist, which is kind of redundant from a bird's eye view of history, you need to know French.

We just had our county fair parade. Leading the parade was a Scottish pipe band.

Blogger Ragin' Dave July 22, 2019 9:27 PM  

"overcome one of the toughest recruiting environments in decades"

Less than three out of every ten high school students are even fit for military service. Lardasses, morons, dopeheads and criminals make up the majority of our youth these days it seems. It's harder to get into the Army than it is to get accepted to college.

In short, the reason we can't find people to join is that the quality of people as declined. But gosh, we sure are diverse!

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