scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: why young people don't join the military
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Wed Nov 17 1999 - 07:23:58 CST
Don't expect instant flames from a very good question. In my opinion,
the military has trouble filling their positions with "qualified"
recruits, because right now the economy is good and qualified graduates
can get a good job with training right out of high school, or they go on
to college trade school or an in-house training program. Those that
can't get this kind of opportunity will try the military, which means
the military is getting all "unqualified" recruits.
Since W.W.II and Korea, and the advent of the six o'clock news, there
is no "patriotic duty" to join the military. The six o'clock news
during the Viet Nam War turned too many people off to the reality of
war. During W.W.II, letters home were censored. During Viet Nam, CBS,
NBC, etc. broadcast those letters home, uncensored.
I, too, teach the citizenship merit badges, and find that 11 or 12 year
olds, don't have any concept of citizenship. Maybe we should reserve
those MB's for 17 and 18 year olds, where they might have a better
chance of understanding them.
Viet Nam Vet
and a good old fox, too...