Young Americans awakening to the evil of the military

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.

Neither the military nor lawmakers have given any indication that they are entertaining the idea, but some analysts say that opening the ranks to younger Americans could provide unique benefits and may be the kind of fundamental overhaul the recruiting system needs for the 21st century.

“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.

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TAP – The military claims its recruiting problem is caused by a booming jobs market.  I doubt it.  More likely people are working out that they are being sent to early graves to fatten the wallets of criminals in Washington and Wall Street.

 

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3 Responses to “Young Americans awakening to the evil of the military”

  1. Aldous says:

    “TAP – The military claims its recruiting problem is caused by a booming jobs market. I doubt it. More likely people are working out that they are being sent to early graves to fatten the wallets of criminals in Washington and Wall Street.”

    Hi TAP. I couldn’t agree more but for the fact that we do need a military because as Churchill once said (allegedly) “Defense isn’t everything but everything without defense is nothing” or words to that effect.
    The military gave me everything I have and am. Perhaps I was lucky. Guys I served with weren’t so lucky. The military is a dangerous environment – which is why many sign up.
    I wouldn’t join the military today (being older and wiser) and advise youngsters to think carefully before doing so.

    It’s complex. There are far worse things in life than death – like doing a Mac(donalds) type job for life.
    “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75. Benjamin Franklin”

    ALL wars are banker’s wars and Vietnam, Gulf, Etc, are abominations – not to mention World Wars 1 and 2.

    But we still need a military. I can’t make sense of it either.

  2. Aldous says:

    American Military Suicide Epidemic – 22 US Soldiers Commit Suicide Daily

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGdTnHJADpE (1:29)
    Includes comments

  3. Tapestry says:

    Nicely put Aldous. The suicides are possibly associated with electronic warfare exposure to microwaves. 5G and all which also surged suicide rate.

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