Somervell County Salon has a strong position on Non-Military Options and believes that militarism shown by occupying other countries and pre-emptively attacking countries that have not attacked us is wrong. Saw an article this morningon CBSNews that said that enlistments into the National Guard are up, doesn't say to what. But the reason for that is that people who are serving now are getting paid $2000 per head to bring in more, in what's called the recruit assistance program. I got a little curious about more of the facts than CBS was putting into their article, found this.
Basically the Army is getting desperate for bodies to go fight Bush's wars, and not only has beefed up going to high schools and sporting events, but is now paying national guardsmen an extra $2000 smacks to bring in the clueless. (Before you read any farther if you think this is okay, remember that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11-We are the ones that attacked and invaded Iraq and (VIDEO) Bush has said so on at least 4 occasions.)
107,442 ‘recruiter assistants’
The Guard pays a private company named Docupak $2,320 for each GRAP recruit, which covers commissions and administration. It has cost $81 million so far, said Guard spokesman Manny Pacheco. The 107,442 part-time “recruiter assistants” in the program have brought in 35,000 new recruits since the program was started in February 2006, Pacheco said.
......One of the most productive part-time recruiters in Virginia is Sgt. Keith Sydnor, a Guard member whose civilian job is to bring bail skippers back to justice. Since February 2006, Sydnor has earned $30,000 in extra commissions for referrals to recruiters.
“Based on the time period of the day, if they should be in school or should be at work and I see them out on the street or at a bus stop, I’ll stop and talk to them,” Sydnor said. “Nine times out of 10 they’re unemployed or looking for work.”
Sometimes he pulls aside people in trouble with the law who he’s had to track down and bring to court, provided they’re found not guilty or are convicted of misdemeanors.
Oh. So people in trouble with the law, who might want to skip out of this country, are ideal people for the National Guard?
Or, how about you're recruited through your TEACHER, who also happens to be a part time recruiter, because you're at a military-style program run by the Virginia National Guard for high school dropouts?
Pvt. Daniel Strickland, 17, of Manassas, Va., learned about the Guard through Meredith Raynor, his social studies teacher at Commonwealth Challenge, a five-month military-style boot camp program for at-risk children.
Raynor, 35, is also a recruiter assistant who has earned $16,000 in commissions this year by referring young people she works with to join the Guard.
So, specifically,here's the plan.
• Started a “buddy program,” in which members earn $2,000 for every recruit they sign up and who enters boot camp. The Guard says the program has brought in 35,000 enlistments since December 2005.
• Hired more recruiters. It had 2,700 full-time uniformed recruiters in August 2004, the same as in 1989. That number grew to 5,100 by December 2006.
• Boosted enlistment bonuses from a high of $6,000 in 2004 to $20,000 today, said Manny Pacheco, a Guard spokesman.
• Sent recruiters to more high school sporting events, NASCAR races and shopping malls.
Pacheco said a lesser chance of serving overseas probably had an impact on retention.
Right. I'm sure that all those people from the National Guard who are on their third term of duty or got sent over to be part of Bush's war escalation in Iraq believe that, eh?
P.S. I was wondering what the Challenge Academy in Virginia is, and how it gets these at-risk kids that turn into military numbers. What's kind of breathtaking is that state and federal funds PAY for this. The family fills out an application to be accepted, but it isn't going to cost them anything to put their kid in what amounts to a military training camp for minors. WHY are our taxes paying for this????? I mean, if someone wants to train their kid for the military and decides to send him or her to a military school, with personal funds, fine. But this one targets at-risk kids, which, frankly, is preying on the young.