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Bush wants your critical skills in Iraq

Did you catch this part of the SOTU? Why bother with a skills-based draft when you can start out with a volunteer civilian corps when the warm bodies are dwindling?

One of the first steps we can take together is to add to the ranks of our military – so that the American Armed Forces are ready for all the challenges ahead. Tonight I ask the Congress to authorize an increase in the size of our active Army and Marine Corps by 92,000 in the next 5 years. A second task we can take on together is to design and establish a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps. Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them. And it would give people across America who do not wear the uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time.

The fact that he called for it in this speech tells you what shape our military is in.

Does this mean, since volunteers don’t wear the military uniform, that they will be accepting homos into the new program as long as they don’t have to be in contact with the servicemembers? Hmmm…

I think it’s time for the Yellow Elephants to step right up and lead the charge, except that I don’t know any special skills those fine young college Republicans and war-mongering pundits will bring to the table.

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