Thursday, December 21, 2006

Military Growing

I've read several articles that say Bush wants to increase the size of our military and one in my local paper that says that is possible.

Recruiters unfazed by bigger goals

Marshall White

President Bush's desire to enlarge the military shouldn't present problems for local recruiters.

Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas are prime areas to meet and exceed goals because of patriotism and educational goals, local recruiters say.

"The bottom line in Northwest Missouri is patriotism," said Sgt. 1st Class Michael W. Brownfield, a Missouri Army National Guard recruiter.

Recruits still want to serve their country, Mr. Brownfield said. The president said in a news conference Wednesday that he has asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to look into adding more troops to the nearly 1.4 million uniformed personnel on active duty.

The prospect of drumming up additional recruits in the midst of two wars has local recruiters unfazed.

"The United States Marine Corps hasn't missed a recruiting goal in Northwest Missouri for the last 101 months," said Sgt. Dustin Hecker, a Marine recruiter. "We don't throw money at potential recruits, but if being a Marine is what they want, then we'll give them a chance to be a Marine."

Meeting goals hasn't been a problem in the last four years that Tech. Sgt. Krista Krause, of Missouri Air National Guard's 139th Airlift Wing, has been a recruiter. This year, the Missouri Air National Guard selected Ms. Krause as its top recruiter.

"A lot of kids want to go to school and it's getting expensive, so they turn to the Air National Guard," Ms. Krause said.

Education helps the Navy meet its goals, said Electronics Tech. 1st Class Chris Conn, a local Navy recruiter. The Army and the Missouri National Guard say they meet their goals because of patriotism.

"You can't beat it in Northwest Missouri, where we meet and exceed our recruiting goals," said Sgt. 1st Class Hugo Wills, the Army's chief recruiter in St. Joseph. Last quarter, the six-man office in St. Joseph had a goal of 25 and recruited 30.

While the Army has six recruiters, the Navy has three and the Marines have two, the Air Force only has one in Northwest Missouri - Staff Sgt. Billy Brewer.

"I've never had a bad reception," Mr. Brewer said.

Last quarter's goal of six was exceeded with eight enlistments, Mr. Brewer said. Most of the recruits won't make the Air Force a career, but they want to be able to come out of the service with enough practical experience so they won't have to start at the bottom in the career of their choice.

To be honest I didn't think we had that many people trying to get into the military right now. I thought that increase in numbers meant the return of the draft. I'm still expecting to see something about that in the future.

Thanks go to Deseret and the Saint Joseph News-Press

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger Praguetwin said...

That is lovely talk from Missouri, but I don't believe it will be enough.

Did you see this?

I'm sure it isn't related.

2:42 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Praguetwin, I had seen the headlines, but I hadn't read it until now. I feel a draft.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

6:51 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I wouldn't put it past the Democrats to force a's one of the best ways to stop the wars.

4:10 AM  

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