War in Iraq hasn’t lowered enlistments, reports the Miami Herald. The armed services are meeting recruitment targets.
Harvey Spigler, a spokesman for the Army recruiting station in Miami, said that while parents may be more reluctant now to hand over their teenagers than they were before the war, the recruits themselves are more gung-ho than ever.
”What we seem to be finding is that most of the students and young adults are more patriotic today than they have been,” said Spigler, who oversees recruiting in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
“Most of the people who do join, they understand the risks that are involved. Many of them really have a desire to stand up and be counted.”
That description would fit Lana Mariur as well as the ”Accelerate your life” Navy T-shirt she wore last week.
The Florida Career College student says the war only solidified her desire to serve.
”It makes me want to go for it more,” the 19-year-old Hollywood resident said. “There’s going to be a possibility of me experiencing more. I want to see the world.”
She’ll train as a medical corpsman.