Wednesday, May 03, 2006

military recruiting -- a major fucking rant

I tried to stay neutral about military recruiting, especially given that we're smack in the middle of a war, and new recruit numbers are down and those ending their terms of service are not re-upping.

Even when I received a letter from rugrat's school saying that they would supply student data to the U.S. for military recruiting unless I contacted the school and asked them not to provide data on rugrat, I still tried to be understanding.

But today I have changed my attitude.

Today, at work, I received a faxed request for data from the U.S. Air Force recruiting services in another borough. It asks for enrollment numbers for this academic year, by race/ethnicity. However, instead of asking for an enrollment breakdown by ALL race/ethnicities, they have asked specifically for the enrollment numbers for ONLY TWO categories of race/ethnicity. I'll give you two fucking guesses what those two categories are -- really, take a guess.

How much more blatant can it get? Especially given that those two categories are already heavily overrepresented in the military ranks as it is -- the lower ranks, anyway.

Oh, and, if a clue is needed to those targeted categories -- well, my own rugrat is a member of one -- her boyfriend is a member of the other.


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10 comments:

SwallowedAlive said...

I don't have to guess. People of the sun are a majority of my friends and co-workers in this environment. Here's my secret. I don't think I will reenlist when the time comes. We'll see what the situation looks like come 2009.

Fella said...

is this the episode where the fax machine breaks down and chews up the papers?

that is fucked-up.

it fulfills the oxymoron: "military intelligence"

WistfulWench said...

I'm surprised they didn't also ask for the sex of the enrollees....

Oh, wait! There were a couple of lawsuits about that not too long ago, weren't there?

When will the government actually begin to represent the people who elect them?

Ladyk73 said...

And all the brass are white men

starlet said...

That's just fucked up. Yet somehow I'm not suprised.

Have you seen Farenheit 9/11?... Micheal Moore's a bit loopy, but there is a great scene when he's stopping all the senators and congressmen and asking them whether their children will be enlisting and going to Iraq. Makes the point powerfully and simply.

Slightly off topic - My cousin joined the army recently... not long after his passing out ceremony he came home because he was ill and when I last saw him he was trying to secure early discharge on the grounds that he was suffering from depression. The really, really sad thing was the explanation he gave me for wanting to leave: "I joined the army because I wanted to serve my country" he said "but all the other lads just wanted to kill foreigners". That made me sick to the core. Sick and ashamed.

Lady Lux said...

thank you for dropping by my bloggy...

This is my first time here...nice...will be back.

:))

velvet acid tongue said...

sick and wrong ... lol - 'military intelligence' ... you're right fella - that's an oxymoron ...

Spring said...

Thanks all, for your comments (and welcome, luxlucisvita! Been reading your blog for awhile, just hadn't commented).

I was talking to my boss about this request, and first, we apparently have to comply and supply the data requested, as we receive federal funds. We'd be in big trouble if we didn't. So, I can't just 'lose it' in my pile of work.

Second, he has provided another view of what might be happening. We are a fairly elite private university, so a government entity recruiting graduating students from us would be looking at well-educated college graduates.

So, his take on this request was that they are seeking to recruit graduates who could be officer material, and the focus on those two categories is intended to increase the representation of those populations among the upper ranks.

Hmmmm....I have to mull that one for over awhile before I offer an opinion.

infinitesimal said...

Yeah Spring, your boss is full of BULLSHIT!!

they killed all the "dumb" mexicans and black dudes, and so now they are looking at what is left: "Smart" mexicans and black dudes.

"Well, we don't want to kill white people, no, but maybe we can get some more mexicans and blacks coming out of college.... they're poor... need money to pay the bills... and, in the end, hopefully there will be less of them to put in jail once the war is over."
it has nothing to do with making them officers, that is a fluke when it happens... they do not want officers of color. your boss must be white... and a total tool.

Being white, i have heard what other white people say when no person of color is around.

the idea thet they are animals is still VERY prevalent.
esp. in government... expendable livestock.
it makes me want to puke.

tell your boss they did not ask for whites because they knew that the white graduates could afford to buy gas....

i am embittered, but not surprised at all by this post.
i am just so disappointed to be a citizen of such a stupid country.

but thanks to you for posting on this.
and remember:
in this country,
we farm prisoners and soldiers.
keep em down and either use them as slave labor, or send them to die for oil.
that's the plan.

I wish the hip hop stars would use some of the money they made to form a political group.
GOD how i wish that.
I would volunteer.

Spring said...

OK, here's a bit more info from my boss, and now I'm beginning to wonder. It seems the basketball coach here at the university (a member of one of the target groups) spent time in the military. He has two grown sons, and both are graduates of West Point and are officers. Seems he may have been the one to provide the military with contact information to get the data they seek. Hmmm...