Skip to comments.Military Pride: These States Boast the Highest Enlistment Rates in America
Posted on 07/20/2014 5:01:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
While enlistment rates in the U.S. military vary by group, they also vary by state. Enlistment ranges from less than 3 per thousand in North Dakota to more than 7 per thousand in Florida and Maine.
According to the Defense Department, differences exist at the regional level as well. In 2013, 44% of all military recruits came from the South, despite it having only 36% of the countrys 18-24 year-old civilian population.
By contrast, the Northeast was the most underrepresented region of the country; only 14% of new enlistments came from this area, compared to 18% of its 18-24 year-old population.
While the military says it isnt concerned with the demographics of its recruits, is it fair to speculate as to which Americans volunteer to serve their country and why? Whats your take?
Good question. Unlike Kerry(
“who served in viet nam” -’U end up in Iraq.’
It’s sad what America’s enemies have done to our language. When I read the word “pride”, my first thought is no longer positive.
Maine, I can believe. The jobs up there are limited, so there’s not that much to do.
And this is a surprise, why? Its the N/E Liberal patriots, they would rather have someone else’s sons protecting their freedom, rather than having their own do it. What the hell do you people think? It’s not 1944 anymore. Patriotism has a different meaning today than it did back then. Old style patriotism still seems to exist in small town USA, but not in the big city areas.
Has more to do with availability of employment than patriotism I am sad to say. A kid out of high school can at best get a job at McDonalds if they are lucky. As small as it is a military paycheck is better than they could expect elsewhere. Also, many are raised by poor parents and are pushed out the door come graduation.
Many on the east coast list Florida because you don’t get charged state income tax.
I think it has more to do with the employment situations in those states. Maine employment of young men is low, while North Dakota has jobs available out the Wazoo. I know when I graduated from high school in Maine, nearly my whole class went into the service.
Small? I’m guessing you haven’t seen a pay scale for awhile:
I recall that Scotland provided a large percentage of the British Army because the area was poor and that was the only job they could get. They also were good soldiers.
The fact that our C-in-C is what he is would greatly diminish the likelihood of my enlisting, if I were of that age today.
Your observation about Scotland prompted me to remember Jim Webb’s book, “Born Fighting”, about the 18th Century influx from Scotland and Northern Ireland into the US and how they became a source for the military forces. This became geographically-centered in the South and Appalachian areas and carries on today as shown in the dark blue on the map.
The part of NW Florida where I was born and reared was settled very early by Spanish but then came waves of Highland Scots mostly from the Western Islands. My Mother’s Clan, The McDuffies came from the island of Colonsay. They probably came after Culloden as one of her ancestors fought there.
Also a few Scots Irish. All of them originally landed in Virginia or more likely Wilmington North Carolina.
In 1960 over 60% of the population of Walton County had Scottish surnames. My high school was full of beautiful girls, and I mean full of them. I think they must have been from handsome stock.
The military was where I first encountered grits as regularly presented at breakfast in the mess hall. I entered the military from Oklahoma but grits were not part of my family’s culinary history so seeing it every morning was a cultural reminder of where many military members have roots, especially the mess sergeants, it seems. I’ve since learned to occasionally eat grits when I go to Cracker Barrel Restaurant for breakfast.
I am going on very old memories but I would guess Mother fixed grits, eggs, sausage and toast about 2 out of 3 days.
Every few days we would have pan cakes with sausage. Rarely we would have corn flakes or raisin bran with bacon and eggs.
Still grits was there more often than not. I would always mix the grits, eggs and sausage into one dish then eat it with buttered toast.
Same with my high school in Maine.
I remember 99% of my senior class took the ASVAB test. A huge number joined the service.
I learned later a number of them stayed in until retirement.