And no one came?
There’s new proof that bumper stickers actually work after all.
More and more of the volunteer soldiers – those select few in our communities and society who chose a life in the military, who were/are willing to fight wars – are now deciding to be “stay at home” citizens instead.
From today’s New York Times
“In the last few months, the Army has sent notices to more than 4,000 former soldiers informing them that they must return to active duty, but more than 1,800 of them have already requested exemptions or delays, many of which are still being considered.
And, of about 2,500 who were due to arrive on military bases for refresher training by Nov. 7, 733 had not shown up.”
(Note about NYTimes: u need to be registered to read the articles and they are archived to the fee area after about a week typically.)
Army recruiters insist the rates are similar to World War II. I have no way of knowing. My point remains: those who have done war, don’t want more war. My experience sees that politicians and centuries-old anger-filled people are the only ones interested in war. Oh, I guess we should include all the military contractors too. And there are probably more. Arguments are never as simplistic as sometimes even I want to make them.
Young people intoxicated with age-appropriate invincibility hormones may be willing to give it a shot for fun, but most are quickly sobered up when they see a buddy die or when they lose a limb. Forget getting over there with missing or faulty equipment, inadequate training, not even enough water and food.