How is my little local newspaper the Longmont Times-Call looking to win it’s spot with the big ol’ MSM?
This is the FRONT PAGE news story today.
Some looking to military for job security as economy stays sour
Nice caveat…”some”. So you’d think they’d have one example anyway, right??
Example 1:“My mom wanted me to get the experience of having the financial stability the military provides, before going out on my own,”
Example 2: “Was the economy a factor for me? No, …But my (college) graduating class, a lot of my classmates are starting to graduate and telling me how how hard it is to find a job in the civilian world. ”
Example 3:”The Navy post in Longmont that signed up Valenzuela and Christensen has seen the same amount of walk-up traffic as usual: about 20 to 30 applicants a month, resulting in about four to five recruits.”
But…the recruits are older. Equating to…….
The economy may very well make a difference, so write about it!! Find someone who signed up because of the economy, not because their mom was worried about the economy!! Good Lord.
In the meantime OPFOR hat tips the Heritage Foundation who has these numbers which are of course older than now but that you would think just MIGHT be part of a story on the military, it’s recruitment and the economy!!
*U.S. military service disproportionately attracts enlisted personnel and officerswho do not come from disadvantaged backgrounds…..
*Members of the all-volunteer military are sig nificantly more likely to come from high-income neighborhoods than from low-income neighborhoods. …..
*American soldiers are more educated than their peers. …..
*Contrary to conventional wisdom, minorities are not overrepresented in military service. …….
The facts do not support the belief that many American soldiers volunteer because society offers them few other opportunities. The average enlisted person or officer could have had lucrative career opportunities in the private sector. Those who argue that American soldiers risk their lives because they have no other opportunities belittle the personal sacrifices of those who serve out of love for their country.
The Longmont paper starts out with this bit:
Serve your country. See the world. Earn a steady paycheck.
That last part can look appealing in the middle of a recession, which is one reason the U.S. military is having no problems with recruitment these days.
As if the first 2 bits count for jack and as if the story might actually be a story about the last bit!!!!!!
Unbelievable. Now I’m cranky today.