"Going to war, more than job opportunities and money for college, is the post-September 11 allure for joining the armed services, military officials say. And, in a trend that bewilders and dismays those opposed to the war in Iraq, enlistment numbers are up and recruiting goals are mostly being met or exceeded."The story by W. Thomas Smith, Jr. in the Washington Times also puts to lie the myth that recruiting is down due to the war in Iraq.
"For four out of the past five years, the Army has exceeded its goal for active-duty recruits, while regularly increasing the number desired. ... The Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps have all met or exceeded their annual recruiting goals for every year since September 11, although some monthly and quarterly shortfalls have occurred. For 2005 ... the Air Force exceeded its active recruiting goal ... by 322; the Navy topped its goal ... by 68; and the Marines exceeded their ... target by 44."As George C. Scott said in "Patton", "Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight."
Retired from the US Air Force after more than 20 years of service. Now working as a contractor for various government agencies.