Friday, April 23, 2004

Who joins the US military and why.

I've read some articles recently in the press and on the net regarding the type of people who join the US military.

Some would have you believe it is middle to lower class citizens who need a job or are trying to get a college education. They do not want to believe that patroitism and a belief in freedom plays a large part in mosts decision to join.

The following article from MSNBC will be called an exception by those same people. I spent 20 years on active duty and I tell you this is not an exception.

WASHINGTON - Pat Tillman, who gave up a lucrative NFL contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army Rangers, was killed in action in Afghanistan, military officials said Friday.

In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Tillman decided to turn down a three-year, $3.6 million contract with the Cardinals to enlist in the Army.

It is almost prophetic that this article comes out when the vile spin machine The Guardian tries to make political points out of the Doonesbury comic strip. Here is the link to my post on Doonesbury's comic strip about wounded Americans.

Spin on it Guardian!

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