Can someone please stop these people from lowering the standards for recruitment? How high were they in the first place?
The new standards put aside silly formalities like education because having an education doesn't mean a soldier will have "loyalty, duty, honor, integrity or courage." If that's really the case, maybe the No Child Left Behind should concentrate more on honor and integrity. Just a thought.
This continued reduction of standards comes at a crucial time in American history, where opinions regarding the army are split much as they were during the Vietnam war. Soldiers are being told they are doing a noble thing in Iraq while they experience the result of the moral bankruptcy of the government that sent them there.
Most of these soldiers believed, at least at the beginning, that they were doing a noble thing. When some are finally allowed to return home, they shouldn't face criticism for the crimes of others on the one hand, and the offensive publicized reduction of recruitment standards on the other hand. Soldiers should be left alone to make their own conclusions about their time in Iraq. Some will still think they did a noble thing. Some will change their minds.
Stop the reduction in standards.
- We will have better educated soldiers, which means less chance of another Abu-Ghraib.
- We will have less soldiers, which means less opportunity for future Neo-Cons misadventures.