Reading with a Critical Eye
Posted by bsflag2007 on Monday, November 27, 2006
The Reality of Our All-Volunteer Military
By Russell Beland and Curtis Gilroy
The Washington Post
Saturday, November 25, 2006; Page
WOW!!!! If you only read this article you will be SOOOOO misinformed.
These guys say ” in many cases a tour of duty in a combat zone actually appears to increase the likelihood of a service member’s staying in the military.”
Well, I guess that depends on how you define “volunteer”. Once they get these guys over there — they won’t let them leave… even when their enlistment is up. And they have been “calling up”people who have fulfilled their obligations, etc.
Russell Beland is deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower analysis and assessment. Curtis Gilroy is the director of accession policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
This falls under the category of “consider the source”.
I don’t know of anyone who has anything less than the highest regard for the men and women in uniform —
—-for many of us, criticism of the WAY THEY ARE USED and in too many cases ABUSED is the highest form of praise for the value we place on their contribution and sacrifices.
Active military are not “allowed” to criticize…. complain ….. march (well, march in protest that is)….. dissent …..
It is up to the American People – who claim to be so supportive of the troops – to actually support them; to question the illconsidered dangers, to insist that before these brave men and women are put in mortal jeopardy that is is reasonable and necessary. You think a “mind is a terrible thing to waste”.? … well, a LIFE is a terrible thing to waste… the willingness to sacrifice for others is a terrible thing to waste…. the honor and commitment of the few, the proud etc … is a terrible thing to waste.
If we had mandatory service in this country – with no exceptions – more people would think longer and harder about the “sacrifice” they are willing to let “someone else’s kid” make.
Cindy Vaillancourt – throwing the B—S— flag!