Friday, October 07, 2005

Desperate ... even in the heart of Texas

A New York Times story on military recruitment in "Military City USA," aka San Antonio, Texas notes,
    "Nationwide, every one of the Army's 41 recruiting battalions failed to meet its recruiting goal in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, falling 7,000 soldiers short of the goal needed to refill the ranks, according to Army figures. Not since 1979 has the Army missed its annual quota by so many recruits. And yet San Antonio's recruiters, covering the city of 1.2 million people as well as the area stretching north to Austin and south to the Mexican border, ranked first among battalions by signing up 2,118 people for active duty, 86 percent of its goal.

    Only Oklahoma City, which followed with 78 percent, and St. Louis, with 72 percent, came close, according to the Army figures."
However, the headline for his amazing failure--they can't even find enough recruits in San Antonio, Texas--is "San Antonio Proudly Lines Up Behind the Military Recruiter," patriotically disguising the real meaning of the facts it reports.

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