From high school to the military

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.

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  1. I remember when I was getting ready to graduate high school in the late 90’s, the army was having trouble with recruitment because of the strong economy. Is it the war or is it the bad economy and the military’s offer to pay for college that is increasing recruitment?

  2. The men usually join up for the war, the women usually join for benefits, both tuition and aid for their children. It’s not PC but it’s true.

  3. PC would be “They joined because of the limited opportunites available to them in this highly repressive capitalistic society. They were denied a decent education due to the refusal of the government to adequately fund schools, and this was their only opportunity to escape from the dismal trap of poverty and despair. They were brainwashed into accepting the legitimacy of a corrupt system, and thereby were coerced into defending those who send them to die to protect their own wealth and privilege.”

    Hmmm … it’s hard to remember, but I don’t think that was why I joined the military a generation ago. Guess I’m not very PC!

  4. Roy W. Wright says:

    That parody of PC is all too accurate, bob.

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Remember, there are still school districts where administrators do everything they can to keep recruiters off campus, often while allowing some real slimy folk subsidized access.
    Most of those districts relented only when they were told that federal funds would be denied to schools who refused access to recruiters, and local papers still print bewailment about this insult to “Academic Freedom.”

  6. slimedog says:

    Ben the G:

    Well, the military has been paying for education for a decade, and the economy seems to be well on the mend. Maybe these kids didn’t get the memo?

  7. Chris Haynes says:

    Whether they serve for 3 or 30 years honorably, there will be not one who regrets the time given the service of country. It will be the basis of character and leadership for any endeavor in their lives. I’ve seen these young men and women join the service and trained them to preform their duties. In my 20 years, the highest compliment I’ve received is the mature man or women who tells me that they passed on my training to another younger servicemen.