Distressed economy helping to boost new enlistments, military recruiters say.
"...recruiters say that the distressed economy is helping boost their numbers, but they also credit educational benefits and marketing as the reason they are seeing more troops signing up."
More people are enlisting in the military because they cannot find jobs or because they merely want an education or health care. This might be causing the army to meet its recrutiment goals, but I think it's a sad commentary about how our nation deals with unemployment and the lack of basic social services.
We have the means to provide jobs, health care and education to our citizens that don't have them, however, we don't, because we view that as bad or socialistic or adding to the deficit.
Instead, many in need join military.
This puts huge new bureaucratic and financial burdens on the Department of Defense, because along with its primary role of protecting the nation, it now has to function as a social services agency.
It's unfair to professional soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who have chosen the military for their career and want to be among people with the same goals, aspirations and dedicition and who take on the risks associated with military service proudly and voluntarily.
However, it is supremely unjust to people who just need a job or want healthcare or desire an education yet have no other alternative than to obtain these things through military serivce. Some might even end up dying because they simply wanted a college degree.
I find this morally reprehensible and as the great nation we are, we should be above that.
It's also the height of hypocrisy because the money is being spent anyway, but because it is going through the military and thus, classified as "defense spending," we are okay with that. (Even if some people have to die.)
It would be far better and more effective to simply remove this burden from the military and sustain the spending through the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Eduction, but we don't.
As a result, some child's parent might needlessly die because all they wanted was health care for their kid.