We’re all fortunate sons now
Losing the war at home:
Two years into the war in Iraq, as the Army and Marines struggle to refill their ranks, parents have become boulders of opposition that recruiters cannot move.
Mothers and fathers around the country said they were terrified that their children would have to be killed – or kill – in a war that many see as unnecessary and without end.
Around the dinner table, many parents said, they are discouraging their children from serving.
At schools, they are insisting that recruiters be kept away, incensed at the access that they have to adolescents easily dazzled by incentive packages and flashy equipment.
A Department of Defense survey last November, the latest, shows that only 25 percent of parents would recommend military service to their children, down from 42 percent in August 2003.
“Parents,” said one recruiter in Ohio who insisted on anonymity because the Army ordered all recruiters not to talk to reporters, “are the biggest hurdle we face.”
Legally, there is little a parent can do to prevent a child over 18 from enlisting. But in interviews, recruiters said that it was very hard to sign up a young man or woman over the strong objections of a parent.
We’ve already addressed this in a specific way earlier today but I really want to help out the recruiters because it’s through no fault of their own that they’ve been dealt such a shitty hand by the Administration. So here you go recruiter guys. You can thank me later.
1. Hang out in shopping center parking lots and walk up and talk to anyone who has a W2004 sticker on their car. Ask to see pictures of their kids.
2. College campuses: Don’t bother with setting up a table and hoping students will stop to chat. Instead find out when the Young Americans for Freedom are meeting and show up. Advertise here. These guys look healthy and ready to go.
3. Contact these guys. If their kids are too old, ask about their grandkids then invite yourself to dinner.
4. Try him
and especially him
6. And since you’re going to keep women active….these girls? Unemployed.