Thugs and misfits are finding a sanctuary in the military

The modern US army: unfit for service? …’Gone are the days of the all-American army hero. These days, the US military is more like a sanctuary for racists, gang members and the chronically unfit.’ We’ve been pointing this out for some time now, and it’s nice to see that is now printing some material about the composition of the US military these days.

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4 Responses to Thugs and misfits are finding a sanctuary in the military

  1. Avatar ohwilleke says:

    I’m skeptical of the claim. The military is smaller than it has been for a very long time and is on track to get smaller still. The economy is also quite weak which generally improves the quality of military recruits since other alternatives are often absent for middling candidates then, when they normally wouldn’t be. There is a process in military recruiting for making exceptions that keep out those with criminal records, gang ties, or others who are just not that bright, but the standards are far higher than they were, for example, in Vietnam. Standards may have slipped a bit from post-9-11 Patriotic fervor and from the worst days of the Great Recession, but they aren’t all that low.

    The greater concern is more subtle. Not, “bad apples” but a military that overall is out of touch with the civilian world as draftees are replaced by career soldiers, who have never experienced democratic values in action having lived all of their lives in the authoritarian world of the military.

  2. Avatar Pubilus says:

    On their worst day, the average American Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine makes you and your merry band of useful idiots look like, well, idiots.

    You are only able to sit on your butt, spewing your inane, incoherent pablum because they stand watch – protecting your Constitutional rights against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

  3. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    I think it just moronic that you and so many other dopey dumb Americans still believe that US guns and US corporate run military protect anybody’s rights in this day and age, Pubilus. But you are a moron so be as you will.

    …Too bad that morons like you are sinking the entire planet down the drain with yourselves though.

  4. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    From alternet comes … ‘Dark Secret of the US Military — Neo-Nazis and Criminals Are Filling Its Ranks- how the armed services have become a sanctuary for racists and the mentally unfit’ @

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