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Friday, June 03, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: The Fewer, the Proud

“As you may (or may not) be aware, military enlistment is down. For some strange reason many people don’t want to join the military and be shipped off to fight in a war where they are under-equipped and outnumbered with no end in sight and not even a clear idea of who the enemy is. It seems that the military is trying to solve that problem by occasionally lowering the bar a little.”
-Skippy

“Last month the U.S. Army failed to meet its goal of 6,800 new troops.
Aware of this trend, David McSwane, a local high school student, decided he wanted to find out to what extent some recruiters would go to sign up soldiers who were not up to grade.
McSwane, 17, is actually just the kind of teenager the military would like. He's a high school journalist and honor student at Arvada West High School. But McSwane decided he wanted to see ‘how far the Army would go during a war to get one more solider.’
McSwane contacted his local army recruiting office in Golden with a scenario he created. He told a recruiter that he was a dropout and didn't have a high school diploma.
‘No problem,’ the recruiter explained. He suggested that McSwane create a fake diploma from a non-existent school.
McSwane recorded the recruiter saying that on the phone.
‘It can be like Faith Hill Baptist School or something -- whatever you choose,’ the recruiter said.
As instructed, McSwane went on the computer to a Web site and for $200 arranged to have a phony diploma created that certified him as a graduate of Faith Hill Baptist High School, the very name the recruiter suggested. It came complete with a fake grade transcript.
‘What was your reaction to them encouraging you to get a phony diploma?’ CBS4's Rick Sallinger asked.
‘I was shocked," McSwane said. ‘I'm sitting there looking at a poster that says 'Integrity, Honor, Respect' and he is telling me to lie.’
McSwane also pretended he had a drug problem when he spoke with the recruiter.
The Army does not accept enlistees with drug problems.
‘I have a problem with drugs,’ McSwane said, referring to the conversation he had with the recruiter. ‘I can't kick the habit ... just marijuana.’
‘[The recruiter] said 'Not a problem,' just take this detox ... he said he would pay half of it ... told me where to go.’"
-CBS4, Denver, April 28, 2005

"Another way of keeping troop levels drop is to keep troops already in the military that would otherwise typically have been let go due to alcohol or drug abuse, pregnancy or poor physical fitness."
-Skippy

“4. AS AN ADDITIONAL MEANS OF REDUCING ATTRITION, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY SEPARATION AUTHORITY FOR FIRST-TERM ENLISTED SOLDIERS IS ELEVATED FROM THE BATTALION COMMANDER TO THE SPECIAL COURT-MARTIAL CONVENING AUTHORITY (SPCMCA) FOR THE FOLLOWING SEPARATION CATEGORIES PRESCRIBED BY AR 635-200: FAILURE TO MEET PROCUREMENT MEDICAL FITNESS STANDARDS (PARAGRAPH 5-11); PREGNANCY (CHAPTER 8); ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUG ABUSE REHABILITATION FAILURE (CHAPTER 9); ENTRY LEVEL PERFORMANCE AND CONDUCT (CHAPTER 11); UNSATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE (CHAPTER 13); SELECTED CHANGES IN SERVICE OBLIGATIONS (CHAPTER 16, PARAGRAPHS 16-4 THRU 16-10); AND FAILURE TO MEET BODY FAT STANDARDS (CHAPTER 18). WITHHOLDING OF SEPARATION AUTHORITY FROM BATTALION COMMANDERS, AND ELEVATING IT TO SPCMCA LEVEL, IS DIRECTED BY HQDA PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH 1-19E, AR 635-200. SEPARATION AUTHORITY FOR CHAPTERS 5, 10, 14, AND 15 REMAIN AT THE SPCMA LEVEL.”
-Army Directive, May 2005

“This is, of course, on top of stop-loss prevention plans already in place that keep troops in Iraq beyond a one year term of duty and which has made the recruiting for the National Guard drop far below target numbers. The Draft: coming soon to a theatre of operations near you.”
-Skippy

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