[Marxism] For those over the hill -- now you can join the US Army!

Fernando Torres fernandotorresm19 at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 19 14:39:37 MST 2006


US Army raises enlistment age to 40
 

 WASHINGTON, Jan 18, 2006 (PG) - The US Army said
Wednesday it has raised its maximum enlistment age
from 35 to 40 years old and is doubling signing up
bonuses to a high of 40,000 dollars. 
The measures are the latest in a series of steps the
army has taken over the past year to offset a slump in
recruiting as it faces ongoing campaigns in Iraq and
Afghanistan. 
The army failed to hit its recruiting goal of 80,000
new recruits in fiscal 2005. Recruiting figures have
since improved but the the war in Iraq has made it
difficult to meet the demand for fresh soldiers. 
Army Secretary Francis Harvey, however, denied charges
that the army is a "broken force," telling reporters
it has met its recruiting goals in the last seven
months with the help of bonuses and other incentives. 
But he acknowledged that recruiting remains "a
month-to-month thing". 
"As I said, the rest of the year looks promising. But
we're certainly not going to sit on our laurels," he
said. 
Raising the maximum age for enlistments "expands the
recruiting pool, provides motivated individuals an
opportunity to serve, and strengthens the readiness of
army units," the army said in a statement. 
The army is raising the maximum cash enlistment
bonuses to 40,000 dollars for the active duty army,
and 20,000 dollars for the army reserve, doubling the
current maximums. 
Older recruits are entitled to the same signing
bonuses as younger ones, the army said. 
"Experience has shown that older recruits who can meet
the physical demands of military service generally
make excellent soldiers based on their maturity,
motivation, loyalty, and patriotism," the army said. 

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