Originally Posted by desertlizard
To add to this, a big draw for the military is the chance to get a college education. For some, this is one of the few ways to pay for that. Volunteering is not always as clear cut as the word. I used to go to "volunteer" hockey practices. If you really expected to play it wasn't really a choice unless you were one of the few exceptional ones. We have had what some call an economic draft for some time. And Ed, I don't know where you got unintelligent. Unless you associate poor with unintelligent, which I don't. Uneducated does not equal unintelligent.
Volunteering to play hockey is about as relevant to volunteering to go in the military as volunteering to jump into the swimming pool is to jumping off Niagara falls.
It doesn't take a 140 IQ to see the difference.
The numbers of kids entering from middle and upperclass class income homes would obviously surprise you.
There is no economic draft .
People make choices.
One decides to work, go to school, be a bum, enter the military, live off someone else, etc --based upon ones own values and life plan. Not because some expensive add campaign misled you into a "bad" decision.
AS to the unintelligent aspect ,the implication from Mr. Rangel, Mr. Kerry and others has been quite clear in directing to that perspective.
The words- uneducated, confused, unable to make good decisions etc ,etc. imply a lack of intelligence and lack of ability.
Frankly, I'm tired of the innuendos, half statements, disguised comments and agendas.
I am on the other hand proud of our service people and in general if you ask them ,they are disgusted with the negative commentaries by the individuals previously listed as well as by the media.
(It might also surprise you to look at the high number of Marines and Rangers from Texas.)