Recruiters Go Far And Wide In Effort To Grow Military
Even before President Bush asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week to come up with a plan to expand the military, recruiters were having a hard time finding people willing and able to join the armed forces during war time.
In October, recruiters in the New York metropolitan area were caught on tape lying about the odds of a recruit winding up in Iraq, or about the ease with which someone can leave the military. It was reminiscent of the happy talk from recruiters canvassing shopping centers in Flint, Mich., in the documentary Farenheit 9/11.
A story in today's New York Times paints another picture, perhaps equally desperate.
One recruiter, Sergeant Roger White, explains how he found a 39-year-old woman in a shelter who once worked as a chemical specialist in the Army. He convinced her to re-enlist.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon is apparently hoping some recruits will ignore their parents' wishes, or avoid telling them they signed up. Luis Vega, for example, told the Times that he had enlisted without telling his parents.
He plans to ship out in April.