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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:00 AM
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John Kerry is right! Young soldiers are being taken advantage of!
Edited on Tue Oct-31-06 11:00 AM by ProSense

Lower standards help Army recruit more

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer Mon Oct 9, 7:34 PM ET

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army recruited more than 2,600 soldiers under new lower aptitude standards this year, helping the service beat its goal of 80,000 recruits in the throes of an unpopular war and mounting casualties.

The recruiting mark comes a year after the Army missed its recruitment target by the widest margin since 1979, which had triggered a boost in the number of recruiters, increased bonuses, and changes in standards.

The Army recruited 80,635 soldiers, roughly 7,000 more than last year. Of those, about 70,000 were first-time recruits who had never served before.

According to statistics obtained by The Associated Press, 3.8 percent of the first-time recruits scored below certain aptitude levels. In previous years, the Army had allowed only 2 percent of its recruits to have low aptitude scores. That limit was increased last year to 4 percent, the maximum allowed by the Defense Department.

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About 17 percent of the first-time recruits, or about 13,600, were accepted under waivers for various medical, moral or criminal problems, including misdemeanor arrests or drunk driving. That is a slight increase from last year, the Army said.

Of those accepted under waivers, more than half were for "moral" reasons, mostly misdemeanor arrests. Thirty-eight percent were for medical reasons and 7 percent were drug and alcohol problems, including those who may have failed a drug test or acknowledged they had used drugs.

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This is an example of how they are taking advantage of young people who may be troubled and physically unfit for the rigors of war, not to mention the college deferments given to the able bodied who are fit to serve. The Bush administration lost its moral compass a long time ago.


Statement of John Kerry Responding to Republican Distortions, Pathetic Tony Snow Diversions and Distractions

Washington Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts desperately distorting Kerrys comments about President Bush to divert attention from their disastrous record:

If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. Im sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

Im not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Foxs Parkinsons disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.

Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because theyre afraid to debate real men. And this time it wont work because were going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq.


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Chimichurri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:20 AM
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1. Long overdue but nice response.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:23 AM
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2. Although I don't see Kerry's remarks as a big
deal, he slipped up. He shouldn't have made his remark in the way he did. It came off as cutsy and flip. Now that fuckhead McCain is demanding that he apologize. Kerry's comments may not cause too much harm, but they sure didn't help.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:27 AM
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3. McCain is an ass!
Kerry is right not to bow down to them. This is not the first time they've taken a bold statement and twisted it because it shines a light on their immorality. They did it with statements that spotlighted the rampant abuses in Iraq!

McCain should apologize to the nation for appeasing Bush on torture!

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