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Storyboard 56—A wealth of qualified military applicants

SB56 orange cone  6695770Today's non-draft-era recruiting fills ranks, albeit barely. The impact of barely filling ranks, generally not discussed publicly, precludes a strong military recruiting multiple (see MRM in the subtopic "Where the bar should be placed," in exhibit "I"), thus mathematically portending near-zero selectivity. Although a return to the draft would likely bring more-inclusive and higher testing inductee pools, the MRM, ironically, would still be trapped at 1.0. That is, 1,000 unfilled openings divided by 1,000 lottery-drawn social security numbers yields an MRM of 1.0.

A post-1975 windfall opportunity (squandered annually), non-draft military recruiting opens the gate to the possibility of highly selective, high-MRM recruiting, despite such challenges as initial parental resistance to a son or daughter enlisting. Instead, the MRM has hovered at 1.0 and parents have either experienced first-hand or read about shocking acts of predator recruiters as exposed by the recruiters themselves in "The Recruiting War" in Vanity Fair, detailing the specifics of how, "Under increasingly intense pressure to fill their quotas and 'make mission,' Army and Marine recruiters have been enlisting kids who don't meet basic physical, moral, and educational standards."

● Subsequent to the above article, a GMnavy.go volunteer contacted Quantico Marine headquarters and was told, "Unfortunately, sir, we don't have a lot of people contacting us who are qualified," and later added, "We have recruiters beating the streets trying to find qualified applicants." Questions the GMnavy.go volunteer did not ask: How do you think parents might feel about their kids being in the same barracks with the drug user-element noted in Vanity Fair? What are your thoughts on the impacts to a technologic military that generates such a low military recruiting multiple?

● As if clueless about low-MRM implications to a major-power's military, Edward L. Rowny, Lt. Gen, U.S. Army (Retired), in a Wall Street Journal piece, asserted, "The current U.S. force levels must be increased by . . . ." Thus a question for the general: Sir, by what method would you propose increasing ranks?


In discussions with parents about military recruiting, anecdotes begin to flow. "Have you ever heard of Popeye's Chicken?" an African-American New Jersey mother asked a GMnavy.go volunteer. "The last time I was there [in the New Jersey township] a recruiter was hanging out in the parking lot trying to get recruits . Can you believe it?"