Thursday, May 12, 2005

US Army and Navy Recruiting

Do you remember the saying what if they gave a war and nobody came? Well, this saying from the 60s is becoming a current reality again.

The US Army and Navy has a hard time recruiting.

“In April, the Army missed its recruiting goal for the third month in a row, short by nearly 2,800 recruits, or 42 percent off its target. And for the first time in 10 years, the Marine Corps missed its recruiting goal for the last four months.”

Therefore these recruiters started some new “marketing techniques”: threatening potential recruits.

The Army has ordered a one-day suspension this month of its recruiting efforts, already made difficult by the Iraq war, to confront incidents of misconduct by its recruiters.
The incidents included a Texas recruiter (Sgt. Thomas Kelt) threatening a man with arrest if he did not show up at a recruiting station for an interview and Colorado recruiters telling a high school student how to get a phony diploma from a nonexistent school, Army officials said.

Read this story here

Or here the actual voice message here (from Democracy Now!)

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