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  • Marines turn to girls high school sports teams for recruits

    08/14/2016 4:00:02 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 13 Aug 16 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women. And this time the campaign is a bit different. Marine recruiters are turning to girls high school sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps' rigorous physical standards, including for the front-line combat jobs now open to women. Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1 in 10. "I've told them that 10 percent is where we want to go and they're working on it," Neller told The Associated Press in an...
  • Navy chiefs face Trident crew shortages – because recruits don’t want to log off Facebook

    07/25/2016 4:07:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Mirror, U.K. ^ | 25 JUL 2016 | KIRSTIE MCCRUM
    The Royal Navy is suffering a recruitment crisis when it comes to staffing Trident submarines - as young people are too addicted to Facebook to go off-tech for weeks at a time. Following a vote to renew the nuclear submarines which passed through Parliament last week, those serving say that a scheme designed to attract new blood has faltered. And a senior source says this is down to the fact that "you cannot Facebook your friends". Last month, the annual report from the Ministry of Defences’s internal watchdog, the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator, warned of a shortfall of qualified engineers,...
  • Controversy Sparks at Firing of Marine Female Recruit Battalion CO

    07/13/2015 2:40:15 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies ^ | July 13, 2015 | Fox News
    The Marine officer who made female recruits better shots at boot camp has been relieved of her command, igniting controversy. Military Times reports that Lt. Col. Kate Germano served only a year as the head of the 4th Recruit Training Battalion on Parris Island, S.C., before her dismissal. She got bounced June 30 after a command investigation accused her of "toxic leadership" by berating and showing contempt for subordinates in public. The 300-page report found her to be "hostile, unprofessional and abusive " and told recruits that sexual assault was preventable, and that those who drank put themselves in a...
  • Report: New ISIS Recruits Replace Ones Killed by US Bombs

    02/05/2015 10:29:34 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 33 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Februar 5, 2015 | Joel Himelfarb
    The U.S.-led bombing campaign is doing little to stop foreign fighters joining the jihadist war in Iraq and Syria, The Daily Beast reports. U.S. officials said about 4,000 foreign radicals have joined the conflict since the allied airstrikes began — nearly as many combatants as coalition forces claimed to have killed. It raises concern that the Islamic State (ISIS) may be able to continue replenishing its ranks with jihadist recruits for years or even decades to come. "The numbers are not moving in our favor," Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said last week. The Tennessee Republican spoke following...
  • Church group(Texas Baptist Men) to oversee shelter for unaccompanied children in Dallas County

    07/06/2014 2:24:44 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 72 replies ^ | ^630/14 | Mary Avila
    Unaccompanied children are crossing at an alarming rate, and now many will be heading to Dallas. "We cannot turn our back on these children that are already here," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. Judge Jenkins announced that Dallas County would be the first county in the state to offer housing. Terry Henderson is in charge of disaster relief for the Texas Baptist Men. He's been waiting an announcement like this for more than a month. "I kind of had a heads up no matter where it was going to happen in Texas that we were going to be involved...
  • Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military

    07/03/2014 5:46:51 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 57 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 27, 2014 | Miriam Jordan
    U.S. News Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military More Than Two-Thirds of American Youth Wouldn't Qualify for Service, Pentagon Says By Miriam Jordan June 27, 2014 More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones. The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the...
  • Governor Palin Inspires a Young Alderman at Wausau, WI Book Signing

    11/18/2013 12:25:15 AM PST · by Bratch · 12 replies
    Palin 4 America ^ | November 17 2013 | Whitney Pitcher
    Bill, the Wisconsin Organize4Palin coordinator, shares this great story from a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student and a city alderman named Stephanie who came to Governor Palin’s book signing in Wausau, Wisconsin last week: “Really? Her?”Those words are not new to the conversations in my life. I have heard them at least 75 times since that fateful day when I was seventeen years old and then presidential nominee, John McCain, announced that the female governor of Alaska would be his choice of a name to sit directly below his on the ballot. As Governor Palin walked out onto the stage in...
  • MoveOn Recruits Students for Nationwide 'May Day' Protests

    04/25/2012 8:08:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/25/12 | Rebel Pundit
    Last night Liz Butler and Joy Cushman of hosted a “National Major Actions” conference call to discuss with fellow left-wing activists a slough of direct actions in the coming months. Among those plans are a series of continuous disruptions and demonstrations against banks, corporations, and anyone they deem to be members of the “1 percent.” The call aimed to motivate activists looking to dig in deeper to their commitment to dismantling the American economy. Actions began yesterday by shutting down the Wells Fargo’s share-holder meeting in San Francisco and were touted on the call. According to the L.A. Times,...
  • New Iraqi recruits get a leg up

    12/30/2009 4:03:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 339+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Senior Airman Jarrod Chavana, USAF
    12/30/2009 - CAMP TAJI, Iraq -- More than 330 Iraqi air force recruits marched in a parade before beginning their initial basic military course Dec. 28, at Camp Taji, Iraq. Normally recruits attend the 12-week BMT course at the Iraqi Army Regional Training Center prior to reporting to the air force training school on Camp Taji for a course called BMT Top Off. However, the RTC did not have the capacity to house the recruits until January 2010. Instead of sending the recruits home, Master Sgt. Paula Gaffney, a BMT instructor and Air Force advisor, suggested they have the BMT...
  • ‘The American’: New Video Shows US Citizen in Somalia Recruiting Fighters for Holy War

    04/03/2009 10:00:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 600+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | April 3, 2009
    "The only reason we are staying here, away from our families, away from the cities, away from candy bars [and] all these other things is because we are waiting to meet with the enemy."
  • Young men vanish into Somalia, stirring fears of terrorist recruitment

    01/18/2009 7:27:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 1,326+ views ^ | January 18, 2009 | Bob Drogin
    Reporting from Minneapolis -- Tall and lean, with a wispy mustache and shy smile, 17-year-old Burhan Hassan chalked up A's last fall as a senior at Roosevelt High School, vowing to become a doctor or lawyer. After school and on weekends, he studied Islam at the nearby Abubakar As-Saddique mosque. He joined its youth group. "He wanted to go to Harvard," said his uncle Osman Ahmed. "That was his dream." Instead Hassan has gone to Somalia, the anarchic East African nation that his family fled when he was a toddler. On election day, Hassan and five other youths slipped away...
  • Feature: Al-Qaida recruits children as suicide bombers in Iraq [ Dems- China reporting this!]

    01/14/2009 2:43:43 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 4 replies · 522+ views ^ | Jan. 14,2009 | Gao Shan
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- A boy masquerading as a flower seller blew himself up last September before the house of Sheikh Imad Jassem, the joint-leader of the Sons of Iraq in Tarmiya, 25 km north of Baghdad. The boy, as young as 10 years old, had been stalking Jassem for three days before tripping on his flip-flops several meters away from his target. The bomb exploded prematurely, seriously wounding the leader. The innocent and immature young have been recruited and trained to be suicide bombers of the al-Qaida network in Iraq to attack Iraqi high-profile officials as well as...
  • The Truth About Who Are Our “Heroes”

    A report published by the Heritage Foundation refutes the picture painted by the msm that our military is made up of the poor and disadvantage who cannot find employment elsewhere. “For example, 70% of Army recruits are from families of middle or higher, almost 25%from the richest family quintile”
  • Indy Motor Speedway Salutes New Recruits

    05/18/2008 5:47:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 162+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    INDIANAPOLIS, May 18, 2008 – While race car drivers sped around the track trying to bump slower competitors out of next week’s 92nd Indianapolis 500 lineup, 55 military recruits took a step to shift their lives into high gear. Mindy Andrews, right hand raised, takes the oath of enlistment from U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana during a ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andrews was one of 55 Hoosiers to take part in the annual "Bump Day" tradition. Defense Dept. photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Coinciding with “Bump Day,” the last day...
  • The Translator Scandal Ripens

    05/05/2008 2:50:14 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 32 replies · 358+ views
    New English Review ^ | May 2008 | Jerry Gordon
    For over a year, we have been waging a relentless, nearly solitary battle in apprising the Congress and the American public about a billion dollar boondoggle and scandal: the lack of credible Arabic translators for our national security and intelligence agencies. As a result hundreds have been killed in Iraq from infiltration of our military and civilian intelligence agencies by agents of Islamist terrorists. Our FBI and CIA have been infiltrated by Muslim linguists who have successfully evaded polygraph tests and been able to pass on vital information to terror groups in the Middle East such as Hezbollah. Tens of...
  • First Recruits Enlist Using Biometric Technology

    04/18/2008 5:46:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 400+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 18, 2008 – When 20 recruits gathered yesterday at the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station to sign their enlistment contracts, none needed a pen. U.S. Army recruit Krista N. Hearne, 19, of Salisbury, Md., poses with the electronic Army enlistment contract she signed with her fingerprint as she became the first person to enlist in the U.S. military using biometric signatures. Photo by Army Lt. Col. Robert S. Larsen   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Instead, they read their contracts on a computer screen, then pressed their index fingers onto an electronic pad next to it,...
  • Detained Terrorists Reveal Al Qaeda Recruiting Process

    03/18/2008 6:04:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 577+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Seaman William Selby, USN
    WASHINGTON, March 18, 2008 – Information culled from 48 foreign fighters in custody of Multinational Force Iraq yields a profile for al Qaeda foreign terrorists, a senior military official said yesterday. When analyzed, officials found that foreign terrorists had comparable recruitment stories, including why they joined al Qaeda and what they did once they were smuggled into Iraq, said Air Force Col. Donald Bacon, chief of special operations and intelligence information for Multinational Force Iraq. Bacon spoke with online journalists and “bloggers” during a conference call. All of the captured or surrendered foreign terrorists were single men, and they averaged...
  • The Left's Escalating War on Military Recruiters

    03/12/2008 4:07:07 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 8 replies · 577+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | 3/12/08 | Michelle Malkin
    Ideas have consequences. Inaction has consequences. For the past several years, I’ve chronicled the left’s escalating war on military recruiters—and the apathetic, weak-kneed response to it. The anti-recruiter thugs on college campuses and in liberal enclaves have thrived thanks to a combination of public indifference, law enforcement fecklessness and left-wing ideological apologism. It has now been a week since the Times Square military recruitment center bombing. The investigation continues—and so does the left’s denial of the ongoing campaign against military recruiters. At a national conference of anarchists in Washington, D.C., last weekend, a “solidarity sticker” glorifying the biker bomber made...
  • Cheney Praises Navy Recruits for Volunteering to Serve

    03/07/2008 3:54:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 367+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 7, 2008 – Vice President Richard B. Cheney thanked recruits and sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., today for choosing to serve a cause greater than themselves in the struggle against terrorism. Cheney talked with about 4,000 recruits and sailors at the center outside Chicago, where his own father trained for his Navy service during World War II. The vice president compared today’s military members who, like their World War II predecessors, put their own interests aside to serve “when the country needed you most.” “Your presence at Great Lakes proves that you understand the core Navy...
  • Al-Qaida: Struggle needs wives willing to let their men go to heaven

    03/06/2008 7:43:47 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 33 replies · 247+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar 6, 2008 | AP
    Al-Qaida in Afghanistan needs electrical engineers, medical doctors, Islamic scholars and, in particular, understanding wives, announced the movement's commander in a new audio message Thursday. Mustafa Abu al-Yazeed, the self-proclaimed leader of the movement's Afghan branch, gave a 45-minute recruitment speech in a tape entitled, "They've lied, now comes the combat," that appeared on militant Islamist Web sites, and slammed Arab leaders for being traitors. He urged scholars, doctors and electrical engineers to join the Mujahideen in their fight "because the combat needs all expertise and efforts." Abu al-Yazeed also called on the parents to allow their sons to fight....
  • Terrorists recruiting on net via Facebook

    02/17/2008 12:17:26 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 3 replies · 142+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 2-17-08 | Miles Johnson
    RADICAL British Jihadist groups are using Facebook and other social networking sites to recruit members and distribute extremist literature. A private Facebook group called Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama'ah, the name of a successor organisation to the banned extremist group Al Muhajiroun, has been operating since early 2007. The Facebook group has links posted to extremist literature by the jailed radical preachers Abu Hamza al-Misri and Abu Qutada calling for the waging of armed jihad against the British and American governments. There is also literature demanding the expulsion of any Muslim who votes in elections or "provides assistance" to the 'kuffar',...
  • First Iraqi Police Recruits Arrive at Furat Training Center

    02/15/2008 5:15:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 63+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Daniel D. Blottenberger, USA
    BAGHDAD — More than 1,000 Iraqi recruits moved through a security checkpoint near the front entrance of the FuratTraining Center, Feb. 10. “We are here to become Iraqi Police (IP) officers, to get a good job and we are here for our country,” said Jabbav Mitir, one of the more than 1,000 IP recruits who arrived at the Furat Training Center to begin their training to become Iraqi policemen. Mitir, like some of his fellow recruits, was formerly a part of the ‘Sons of Iraq’; a citizen security program, and now wants to give more back to his country by...
  • Al Qaeda Recruits Children, Women for Terror Missions

    02/06/2008 4:17:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 288+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2008 – Al Qaeda is recruiting and training boys -- some younger than 11 -- to kidnap and kill, a senior U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said today. Five training tapes recovered in a December raid show as many as 20 boys, most thought to be younger than 11 years old, carrying automatic weapons and grenades, storming homes in mock kidnappings and assassinations, and sitting in a circle chanting their allegiance to al Qaeda. Portions of the tapes were aired for journalists at a news conference in Iraq today. “Al Qaeda in Iraq wants to poison the...
  • The Terrorist Plot No One Talked About

    12/15/2007 8:12:00 AM PST · by jdm · 9 replies · 270+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Dec. 15, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    A terrorist conspiracy to attack military sites and synagogues developed among prison Muslims for years, and yet hardly any mention of the conspiracy made the news. The Los Angeles Times picks up the story no one else seems interested in reporting, noting that two of the accused have pled guilty to the conspiracy: Two members of a prison-based Islamic terrorist cell that authorities say was poised to attack military sites, synagogues and other targets across Southern California pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to conspiring to wage war against the United States. The plot, which police stumbled upon during a...
  • From boys to Marines

    11/04/2007 10:38:56 PM PST · by Reagan is King · 25 replies · 147+ views
    L.A. Times Online ^ | November 4, 2007 | David Zucchino
    One in a series of articles about three teenagers and their wartime enlistment in the Marines. CAMP PENDLETON - A Marine recruit stumbled from the ranks and collapsed on a dirt trail. A corpsman, her medical bag bouncing in the dust, hustled over to the fallen man. The recruit was bathed in sweat, his face clammy and sickly green. As the troop column marched on, the drill instructor cried out, "Here comes the silver bullet!" The recruit was about to receive the ultimate indignity -- a shiny rectal thermometer to check his body temperature. It happened on the trail for...
  • Marine Corps sees a rise in black recruits

    10/25/2007 6:47:59 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 8 replies · 71+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 27, 2007 | Tom Philpott
    The proportion of black Marine Corps recruits jumped by 40 percent over the last 12 months, halting a seven-year slide that has worried service leaders. In fiscal 2007, which ended Sept. 30, blacks were 10.9 percent of Marine recruits, up from 7.8 percent in 2006, the smallest proportion of black recruits for the Corps since the all-volunteer force began 33 years ago. The increase is timely, given a Marine Corps plan to expand its active force by 27,000 over the next five years in response to protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other worldwide commitments. All active services met...
  • Iraqi recruits head to “Boot Camp”

    09/09/2007 12:53:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 265+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Marcus Butler
    ISKANDARIYAH — Shiite and Sunni Muslims came from far and wide Sept. 2 to begin working together for the greater good of their country. Sparked by a successful recruiting campaign, these Iraqis crossed over their sectarian boundaries and started their journey toward becoming the newest members of the Iraqi Army. Congregating at the compound of 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division, located adjacent to Forward Operating Base Iskandariyah, home of 1st Battalion, 501st Airborne, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, these new recruits arrived by the truck load to be processed and transported to their basic...
  • Chairman Enlists 150 Recruits at NASCAR’s Pennsylvania 500 (Gen. Pace)

    08/06/2007 4:31:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 367+ views
    LONG POND, Pa., Aug. 6, 2007 – Marine Gen. Peter Pace enlisted about 150 recruits at the Pocono International Raceway yesterday during a swearing-in ceremony before NASCAR’s Pennsylvania 500. Marine Gen. Peter Pace , Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, center, poses for a picture with young men and women about to join the U.S. Army during an enlistment ceremony at the NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 auto race at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., Aug. 5, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Pace,...
  • Several Hundred Police Recruits Vie for Security Jobs

    07/11/2007 6:00:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 489+ views
    Iraqi Police search men entering the clothing factory in Lutifiyah, Iraq, as they apply to become Iraqi police officers, July 9, 2007. The security was stiff, but over 1,100 residents of the Mahmudiyah district showed up to apply. Courtesy photo Several Hundred Police Recruits Vie for Security Jobs Violence doesn't deter Iraqis from taking control. By Multi-National Division - Center Public Affiars Office MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq, July 11, 2007 — Despite Iraqi Security Forces being a primary target for anti-Iraqi terrorists, people continue to volunteer to become members of the Iraqi police. An Iraqi Security Forces recruiting drive, held July...
  • Police Recruiting in Nasir Wa Salam a 'Resounding Success'

    06/29/2007 5:11:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 470+ views
    Police Recruiting in Nasir Wa Salam a 'Resounding Success' Iraqi citizens pour out to fight al Qaeda. By Multi-National Division – BaghdadPublic Affairs Office BAGHDAD, June 29, 2007 — Hundreds of volunteers from area tribes, willing to fight against al Qaeda, turned out for a screening to become Iraqi Police candidates in Baghdad’s Nasir Wa Salam and Abu Ghraib neighborhoods starting June 25. "This recruitment drive is a success because the tribes in this area want to reconcile their differences with the Coalition and the Iraqi government and participate in the legitimate legal process." U.S. Army Lt. Col. Peter...
  • Armed Forces Recruits Take Oath of Enlistment at Florida Ceremony

    05/05/2007 3:37:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 307+ views
    MIAMI, May 4, 2007 – Scores of young people raised their right hands and joined America’s armed forces during a joint enlistment ceremony here yesterday. Left to right: Floridian recruits Angeline Medina, 17, from Miami Gardens; Jorge Lainez, 18, from Miami; and Frank Giro, 18, from Hialeah, are sworn in as new Marine enlistees during a joint oath of enlistment ceremony at Miami’s Opa Locka Airport on May 3. The ceremony inducted 120 young people into the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy or Coast Guard. Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The mass enlistment,...

    02/20/2007 6:01:33 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 69 replies · 1,390+ views
    Just a heads up for interested freepers. The Marines Examining the unique warrior culture of the United States Marine Corps, this documentary focuses on Marine training, the strong bonds between Marines and their devotion to the corps. "Semper Fidelis, always faithful. You'll take the corpse off the battlefield even if it means your own life ... Alive or dead, they come back with you." - Nancy Sherman, professor and author of Stoic Warriors THE MARINES, airing Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET on PBS, examines the unique "Warrior Culture" of the smallest but fiercest branch of the U.S. armed...
  • Army Likes Its Older Recruits

    12/10/2006 11:12:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies · 1,650+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, December 11, 2006 | Michael Felberbaum
    PETERSBURG, Va. -- As the World Trade Center rubble smoldered, Sharon Samuel felt determined to do something for her adopted country; she decided to enlist in the Army. But the Army told the Brooklyn hairdresser she was too old. "I wanted to serve. I wanted to give back," said the 40-year-old Trinidad native. "I have felt the pain New Yorkers felt." Samuel got a second chance this year when the Army increased its maximum enlistment age to 42. So, off she went to Fort Lee, about 25 miles south of Richmond, for training in logistical support. She has joined more...
  • U.S. Middle Class Mans U.S. Military(Rangel is Wrong!)

    12/04/2006 7:41:47 AM PST · by kellynla · 15 replies · 655+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Dec 04, 2006 | staff
    Contrary to the claims of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D.-N.Y.), U.S. military recruits are not poorer and less well educated than their contemporaries. Quite the opposite is true. They tend to be better off and better educated. In fact, as the Iraq War has continued, enlistments have declined from poorer neighborhoods, while increasing from middle-class neighborhoods. Tim Kane, Ph.D., director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for International Trade and Economics, has studied the demographic trends among recruits in periods both before and after the war. The data he collected are represented in the charts below. They show that enlistees in the...
  • Charlie Rangel Is Wrong About Recruits (And here is the data to prove it!)

    12/04/2006 7:36:31 AM PST · by kellynla · 27 replies · 851+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Dec 01, 2006 | Tim Kane
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D.-N.Y.), soon to chair the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, has announced his intention to try to reinstate the draft. He has offered three justifications for returning to conscription after 33 years of an all-volunteer force: social justice, peace and better troops. Rangel claims that mostly poor people with few opportunities enlist, often driven to military service because of structural unemployment. “If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career, or joining the Army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq,” he said on...
  • Rosa Brooks: Was Kerry right?

    11/06/2006 5:29:26 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 37 replies · 1,688+ views
    LA Times ^ | Nov 3,2006 | Rosa Brooks
    The military isn't full of poor, uneducated kids, but it doesn't look anything like America. November 3, 2006 SINCE John Kerry "botched" a joke and implied that those without education "get stuck in Iraq," political leaders from both parties have been piously describing U.S. troops as valiant young Einsteins in desert camouflage. But deep down, a lot of them probably think Kerry is right. If those grunts were half as smart as members of Congress, they'd be on Capitol Hill getting sucked up to by lobbyists instead of sucking up dust in Baghdad's bloody alleys — right? Demographically, the military...
  • No Joke, the Troops Did Their Homework

    11/05/2006 4:44:47 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 46 replies · 2,002+ views
    NY Times--Week in Review ^ | November 5, 2006 | DAMIEN CAVE
    SENATOR JOHN KERRY says he flubbed a joke aimed at President Bush when he warned a group of students last week that they would get “get stuck in Iraq” if they didn’t work hard in school. The president says Mr. Kerry demeaned the military by suggesting its men and women were “uneducated.” snip... Is the military a career of last resort for the uneducated? Though the military has a smaller proportion of college graduates than the country at large, it turns out that it has a higher proportion of people with high school diplomas, according to a comparison of figures...
  • Who Are the Recruits? The Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Military Enlistment, 2003–2005

    10/31/2006 3:56:48 PM PST · by TomGuy · 31 replies · 1,336+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | October 27, 2006 | Tim Kane, Ph.D
    Center for Data Analysis Report #06-09 The current findings show that the demo­graphic characteristics of volunteers have contin­ued to show signs of higher, not lower, quality. {snip} Given the nature of the military rank structure, most enlisted recruits do not have a college edu­cation or degree. Members of the armed forces with higher education are more often commis­sioned officers (lieutenant and above). In 2004, 92.1 percent of active-duty officer accessions held baccalaureate degrees or higher.[5] From 2000 to 2005, between 10 percent and 17 percent of active-duty officer accessions held advanced degrees, and between 35 percent and 45 percent of...
  • Iraqi Army recruits graduate at steady pace

    10/14/2006 6:07:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 428+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Lance Cpl. Ben Eberle
    By Lance Cpl. Ben Eberle1st Marine Logistics GroupThe Iraqi Army’s newest soldiers march past an Iraqi and American audience during their graduation ceremony at Camp Habbaniyah Sept. 30. CAMP HABBANIYAH -- More than 300 Iraqi recruits graduated boot camp in a ceremony here Sept. 30. The Iraqi Army’s newest soldiers endured five weeks of training to learn the fundamentals of marksmanship, urban patrols, search and clear operations, as well as how to make the transition to a military lifestyle. A national recruiting initiative plans to bring in 30,000 soldiers by May 2007, said Col. Joel P. Garland, the basic...
  • From new recruits, courage and honor

    09/06/2006 5:29:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 234+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | 2nd Lt. Lawton King
    Maj. William Gerst (left), the assistant operations officer for RCT-5, and Maj. Brian Wirtz, a military advisor to 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, relax while Iraqi soldiers administer multiple screenings to the recruits. By the day’s end, the Iraqi soldiers enlisted 293 Iraqi males in Fallujah and Habbaniyah. Photo by: 2nd Lt. Lawton King CAMP FALLUJAH -- Soldiers from the 1st Iraqi Army Division enlisted 293 Iraqi males from the greater Fallujah and Habbaniyah area recently as part of an al-Anbar province-wide recruiting drive - a sign, Coalition officials say, that Iraqis are looking to take charge of their...
  • Marine Recruits Head to Basic Training, Military Life

    08/22/2006 4:40:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 26 replies · 2,285+ views
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 22, 2006 -- An opportunity to get an education, to see parts of the world they’d only heard about or serve their country attracted 16 passengers here last evening aboard American Airlines Flight 1961, and ultimately, to 13 weeks of boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Devin Chambers (from left), Ben McCorkle and Pacheco Perez, new Marine recruits departing for basic training, pose for a photo. Photo by Cherie Thurlby  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The 16 Marine Corps recruits, most from Texas, displayed the expected range of emotions as they boarded...
  • Police recruits reach record number in Ramadi

    08/22/2006 4:29:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 353+ views
    RAMADI, Iraq (Army News Service, Aug. 22, 2006) – A record-setting 395 Iraqis answered the call at a recent recruiting drive for Iraqi police in Ramadi. The recruiting drives are jointly hosted by the Iraqi army, Iraqi police, and units of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division. “The tremendous success of the August recruiting drive demonstrates that the people of Ramadi are committed to their own security. We have rounded a corner in creating a stable and secure Ramadi,” said Lt. Col. James Lechner, deputy commander of the 1st AD’s 1st Bde. To join the Iraqi police, recruits must pass...
  • University Students At Centre Of Terror Plots (UK)

    08/12/2006 6:21:36 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 546+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Roya Nikkhah - Andrew Alderson - Julie Henry
    University students at centre of terror plots By Roya Nikkhah, Andrew Alderson and Julie Henry (Filed: 13/08/2006) The recruitment of Muslim students at British universities to take part in terrorist attacks is at the heart of the alleged plot to blow up passenger jets, it is feared. A dossier of extremist Islamic literature has been uncovered by The Sunday Telegraph on the campus of a north London university, one of whose students has suspected links to the alleged terrorist attack. A tape produced by al-Muhajiroun Waheed Zaman, 22, a bio-chemistry student and the president of the Islamic Society at London...
  • New Recruits Share Dreams, Motivations for Joining Military

    08/02/2006 4:53:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 385+ views
    FORT MEADE, August 2, 2006 – The young and not-so-young men and women processing into the military earlier this week at the Military Entrance Processing Station here offer a snapshot of the armed forces of the future. Most are between 18 and 20, and men outnumber women. But beyond those generalizations, no common thread runs through the group. They represent all colors and a broad range of ethnic groups, come from a variety of backgrounds, and express a wide range of motivations for joining the military. Among the youngest processing through the Baltimore MEPS July 31 was 17-year-old Bethany Wade,...
  • Recruits Processing Into Military Defy Misconceptions, Myths

    08/02/2006 4:47:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 664+ views
    FORT MEADE, Md., August 2, 2006 -- A step through the doors of the Military Entrance Processing Station here blows away the myths that the military is struggling to get enough recruits, dropping its standards to get those it does, or glossing over the fact that it’s recruiting into a wartime force. July 31 was the last day of a month in which all the services had already met their quotas for recruits. It was a relatively slow day at the station -- one of 65 dotting the country. Yet the station buzzed with activity as 102 men and women...
  • Al Qaeda, American Style [Barf Alert]

    07/15/2006 4:18:30 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 12 replies · 521+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/15/06 | Jessica Stern
    JUST before the first anniversary of the July 7 bombings in London that killed 52 people, Al Qaeda released a video that reflects a significant change in how it operates: terrorism is being brought home. The new video tries to recruit ordinary American Muslims who might be offended, as many ordinary Americans are, by America’s mistakes and moral failings in carrying out the war on terrorism. The film stars three terrorists: Shehzad Tanweer, one of the July 7 bombers who died during the attack; Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and long-time chief ideologue; and Adam Gadahn, a 28-year-old American...
  • Interviewing an Al Qaeda recruiter

    07/12/2006 7:02:34 PM PDT · by World_Events · 2 replies · 772+ views
    NPR (audio feed) ^ | 7/12/06 | Bernard Haykel (audio feed)
  • reqruiting jihadis

    05/16/2006 12:11:14 PM PDT · by johnconnor · 10 replies · 380+ views
    laura mansfield ^ | May 16,2006 | laura mansfield
    Teen Terror on the Web: Jihadi and Islamist Activities on By Laura You’ve heard about, the social networking site that is commonly used by American teenagers. You’ve heard about the dangers of MySpace, as one news network after another reported on the prevalence of sexual predators on the system that prey on young teens who give out too much personal information. But isn’t just popular with sexual predators. As I reported in my presentation at the America’s Truth Forum Symposium two weeks ago, there is extensive jihadi activity and recruitment underway on Teens and young...
  • (Chicago) Minutemen recruit blacks against illegal immigrants

    05/03/2006 10:18:55 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 45 replies · 1,876+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 3, 2006 | MARK BROWN SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
    The group of 10 to 15 men who took up positions Tuesday outside the gate of a meat processing plant in Pullman see the world a little differently than the 400,000 people who marched one day earlier through the Loop. "Illegal!" they shouted at any Latino-looking person who popped into view. "Illegal!" For the handful of self-styled immigration enforcers from the Chicago Minuteman Project, this was old hat. This time, though, they had some new comrades-in-arms: a contingent of African-American men, mostly ex-offenders involved with an organization that advocates finding jobs for individuals with criminal records. Amnesty for ex-offenders? "These...
  • First batch of Al Anbar Iraqi Army recruits ready for duty

    05/01/2006 5:56:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 267+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva
    CAMP HABBINYAH, Iraq (April 30, 2006) -- Nearly 1,000 Iraqi Army soldiers graduated boot camp today, beginning the first step toward an integrated army in Al Anbar Province. “The movement of an integrated army in Al Anbar is the only future,” said Col. Larry D. Nicholson, commander of Regimental Combat Team 5, based in Fallujah. “When people look out their window and see the army, they need to be able to say, ‘It’s my army.’ Today, we took a very positive step in that direction.” A total of 973 Iraqi soldiers graduated a nearly five-week training regimen that turned civilians...