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Chris Stanton 10/18/06 Assignment 6: Editorial The “Military Beast” Is No More The numbers do not lie. Last year alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Army fell 6,600 troops short of its goal; partially because the cost of recruiting has nearly doubled in the past decade, from $6,500 to $11,600 per recruit. People have invented slogans such as “Starve the Beast” and “Stop the Machine” to help hinder recruitment, but the truth is that the military is not meeting its usual quota. With so many unmet goals and the increase of recruitment costs, recruitment in public high schools must be allowed to continue to assure that the military is able to sufficiently fill its ranks. In 1973, the United States adopted an all-volunteer military. In order to accomplish this, the military must rely on recruitment to sign up volunteers. Military recruitment in high school is becoming much more of a hot-button issue as more and more cases of ‘deceptive’ and ‘aggressive’ tactics used by recruiters are reported. Unfulfilled promises, fabrications, and threats made by recruiters have been reported all across the country and parents as well as those being recruited. These types of wrongdoings have allowed Americans to begin to campaign for the
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