Thursday, April 17, 2008
Declining Interest in Joining the US Military
NPR reports that interest in joining the Army has declined significantly since 2001, and that to meet quotas, the US military has allowed more waivers. According to a Department of the Army survey, interest in joining the military between November 2001 and June 2007 dropped from 37% to 15% in Hispanics, and from 20-22% to less than 10% in Blacks and Whites. According to the report, the impact on granting moral and health waivers is mixed. Because there is no recent data, the impact of the economic downturn and the so-called success of the surge on recruiting have not been documented.