March 19, 2005
Army vice chief of staff Cody worried about future of all-volunteer military
Â“WeÂ’re seeing right now mothers and fathers and school teachers and other influencers that maybe are not talking about service to this nation,Â” [Gen. Richard] Cody said. Â“So, when you say, Â‘Army, you have a recruiting problem,Â’ I say, Â‘America, you have a recruiting problem.Â’Â”
I keep hearing that recruiting and retention are a problem, but of the 60 eligible soldiers in my husband's company, at least 40 reenlisted. In Iraq. But I do agree with General Cody that perhaps not so many of our role models are pushing for military service. They should be, now more than ever.
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They're not talking about responsiblity or accountability either. World events go by without a mention. I asked my 14 yr old what her history teacher said about the Iraq elections, "not a word" she told me. Supplemental education is in order. "There are those who will serve, because there have been those who have served." We'll teach them about duty, honor and the price of freedom.
Posted by: maxxdog at March 19, 2005 02:23 PM (LMIOn)
This discouragement of enlistment by academia is the last ditch stand of the "Progressive" world view, better known as "Better Red than Dead."
They denigrate military service and the National spirit in one last grab for the respect they used to get before the flatulant error of their world view became obvious.
Posted by: Walter E. Wallis at March 20, 2005 02:17 PM (7XPVo)
Perhaps people are not volunteering for military service due to their skepticism at how it is being used.
Posted by: Collin Baber at March 23, 2005 03:39 AM (FV4oJ)
That doesn't justify the reasoning for 'counter-recruitment'. The need for a strong military goes beyond this particular conflict. We can either maintain through volunteers or a draft. Which do you prefer?
Posted by: armynurseboy at March 24, 2005 11:56 AM (k7D+q)
First off, thank you for doing your part in service to the nation. Thanks to your husband, of course, as well, but he's not doing the blogging!
I'm a conservative high school math teacher in California, and I've addressed the "counter-recruitment" issue on my blog at
The good news is that there are still young people ready and willing to serve. Read Austin (the student)'s comment on this post:
Again, thank you for what you do.
Posted by: Darren at March 27, 2005 02:48 PM (IJ8zk)
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