<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: You're kidding! People aren't enlisting in the National Guard?

Friday, December 17, 2004

You're kidding! People aren't enlisting in the National Guard?

How could this be true? The Army National Guard reports that it has fallen 30 percent below its recruiting goals in the past two months. Why would anyone not want to join the National Guard? "A weekend a month, a week a year," free college tuition, the possibility of dying or getting maimed in Iraq...

To boost enlistment, the Guard is planning to offer new incentives, including enlistment bonuses of up to $15,000. We noticed that the marquee in front of our local National Guard recruiting station now says "100% TUITION PAID" instead of 75%.

With 50,000 Army National Guard soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, shouldn't we be honest and call it the INTERnational Guard?

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/17/politics/17reserves.html

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