Those ads are AWESOME.
When I dropped out of school, I seriously considered enlisting.
So I went to the recruiting office, and they asked me why I wanted to join the Army.
I told them that I wanted to pay for school and that I might as well see some of the world and learn to maybe blow shit up or maybe fly AWACS or some other cool stuff like that while I was doing it.
They were SUPREMELY happy to hear that (even happier when I got a 98 on that test they give you). So happy that they showed me a few videos, videos entitled “Adventure,” or “Challenge,” or somesuch.
Did they actually answer any of my questions? Not really. But BOY, did they have some cool videos!
Videos of soldiers in some swimming pool, in some hot springs, sightseeing, in classrooms, hanging out, etc.
No footage of the running, climbing, crawling, PT, KP, verbal abuse, boot camp, nothing. Being a soldier looked cooler than Disneyland. And that, to me, seemed a little fishy. So they didn’t get me.
But then again, I had options. Some people might not, and might be willing to overlook the hell you go through to become a soldier. Or some people might just want to become a soldier. Or some people might get tricked by all the fun and forget that serving your country is serious business.
But the long and the short of it is that our servicepeople are brave and dedicated people, either because they want to be or because they are made so by the process. And our country needs these people in times of peace as well as war. No matter how they enter the system, our soldiers and sailors are a necessary part of our nation. So I don’t care how they get into the system, as long as they do.
If giving out a free cookie and a glass of OJ was enough to get qualified candidates into our armed forces, then I would be a little ticked if they were handing out bars of gold. But I’m glad my tax dollars go to recruitment and I am glad that incentives are offered to the most viable candidates.
If more incentives and more training means fewer Pfc. Englands, then work my tax dollars harder, please.