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    The bragging by the Pentagon not matching reality.

    But that's why they have that 5 billion dollar Public Relations budget.

    The Pentagon boasted this week that the U.S. armed forces have exceeded their recruitment goals for this year. Some officials attributed the success to high unemployment in the civilian job market, others to a spurt in civic-mindedness

    According to the Pentagon's report, the Army's goal for fiscal year 2009 was to sign 65,000 new recruits. It actually signed 70,045—amounting to 8 percent more than the target.

    But the picture is less bright than it seems. Though the Pentagon's report doesn't mention this fact, in each of the previous two years, the Army's recruitment goal was 80,000—much higher than this year's. The Army met those targets, but only by drastically lowering its standards—accepting more applicants who'd dropped out of high school or flunked the military's aptitude test.

    http://www.slate.com/...

    In a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste time voting.

    by allenjo on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 10:19:52 AM PST

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