This article by Ann Scott Tyson in the Washington Post mainly credits the economic downturn for a surge in recruitment in the U.S. military. It’s the first time in 35 that the Pentagon has exceeded its targets.

There’s also an increase in the quality of the recruits,  with fewer high school dropouts, overweight youths, and convicted felons. Only 1.5 percent of new recruits got in with the lowest acceptable score on the standard qualification test. In recent years, this figure was as high as 4 percent.

What accounts for this new interest in military service? Certainly, the lack of jobs in a recession economy is an important factor. But nowhere does the article mention another likely cause: the change in Commander-in-Chief.

The President has promised to end the wars in the Middle-East that his predecessor started. New recruits can be reasonably confident that they won’t be ordered to fight and die in reckless, unnecessary wars with dubious objectives promoted with deception and lies. This was not the case in the previous eight years.

Undoubtedly, there have been young men and women who were considering a military career but were waiting until some sanity was restored to the White House. The prospect of becoming cannon fodder for corporate profits is never an attractive option.

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