by Laurence M. Vance
Over 181,000 people joined the U.S. military during the fiscal 2007 recruiting year. This is more than joined the military during fiscal years 2006 and 2005. All four of the services met or exceeded their recruiting goals for 2007, as did four of the six reserve components.
Why are all these people joining the military? Why, in spite of multiple duty tours, ever-increasing deployment terms, an increase in sexual assaults, post-traumatic stress disorder, the breakup of military families, and the suicide rate, and almost daily reports of U.S. military personnel being killed or maimed in Iraq, are so many men and women joining the military?
It could have something to do with the military:
- Spending over $4 billion a year on recruiting
- Raising the maximum enlistment age
- Accepting lower entrance scores on aptitude tests
- Granting more medical waivers
- Giving more moral waivers
- Permitting ex-convicts to enlist
- Relaxing the physical fitness requirements
- Loosening weight restrictions
- Allowing non-citizens to gain their citizenship after one year of active duty