Black Army recruits down 41 percent

One can only imagine the private thoughts of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders&#153 when they read this:

The Army’s wartime recruiting challenge is aggravated by a sharp drop in enlistments by black people during the past four years. Internal Army and Defense Department polls trace that to an unpopular war in Iraq and concerns among black citizens with Bush administration policies.


“It’s alarming,” said Maj. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle, commander of the Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky., and one of the Army’s most senior black officers. He said no single factor explained the drop. But clearly, he said, the propensity of black youths to enlist is affected by the war and increasingly by views of parents, teachers, coaches, clergy and other “influencers.”

“The influencers of these youth are causing them to be less inclined to listen to what good the Army could do for them in the long run,” Rochelle said.

That’s because they know what the war could do to them in the short run.

…and remember: “parents, teachers, coaches, clergy” don’t have your best interests in mind. The Army does.

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