Recently, to attract recruits the military has offered larger enlistment cash bonuses, allowed more high-school dropouts and applicants with low scores on aptitude tests, and loosened restrictions on weight, age, and medical requirements. The Department of Defense is also giving more waivers to those with criminal backgrounds and moral deficiencies. This raises concerns about whether the military is making too many exceptions to try to meet its recruitment needs in a time of war.
And it leads me to wonder: Do most Americans really, truly, care? Are we willing to commit to and support this war effort? Are we willing to enlist and/or allow our children to enlist for the cause? What about the rich and famous among us? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if relatives of key politicians and influential others volunteered their service for the military establishment?