Sunday, June 25, 2006
Army age limit: Age 42 now. Chickenhawks, Keyboard & Couch Commandos Enlist!
While Afghani Prez Karzai asked us to "stop killing his nation's civilians," our VP Cheney jaw droppingly announced that the US would NEVER be leaving Iraq ("If we pull out, [the terrorists in Iraq] will follow us. It doesn't matter where we go. ... And it will continue-- whether we complete the job or not in Iraq --only it'll get worse. Iraq will become a safe haven for terrorists.") I guess we should have expected this, no? (via Military.Com): For the 2nd time in 6 mos, the Army is raising the maximum enlistment age for new recruits, this time from age 40 to 42. The increase to age 42 applies to both men & women, and older applicants are eligible for the same enlistment bonuses/ other incentives available to any other applicant. Adding an additional 2 yrs to the entry limit "expands the recruiting pool, provides motivated individuals an opportunity to serve, and strengthens the readiness of Army units," spokesman for the Army’s Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, KY said." Now there are some who think this is great. They'll say: Older folks can offer a lot of life experience -especially prior military service experience. What do I say to that? Umm... ok, sure. But they're not talking about prior service, they are taking about 1st time enlistees up to age 42. That in and of itself smacks of desperation. In addition to that, the tech/support positions that would be so obvious for a "seasoned" yet eager vet to fill are exactly the jobs that are being axed under Rumsfeld's decree of the "transformation of the military" These jobs are all being pimped out to private contractors. So, it looks like grandpa will have to strap on his combat boots and brave the IEDs of Iraq afterall. Well, grandpa alone can't fight this war. So, to all of those age 30 & 40+ Chickenhawks, Keyboard & Couch Commandos: Buh-bye. To quote the ever eloquent Bill Maher: "New Rule: The people in America who are most in favor of the Iraq war must now go there and fight it. If they're that certain these days that George Bush is always that right about everything, then going to Iraq to fulfill the glorious leader's vision would seem the least one could do. Now, I know you're thinking, but, Bill, I already do my part with the "Support Our Troops" magnet I have on my Chevy Tahoe. How much more can 1 man give? It's been over a yr since the Bush Twins graduated. Why don't they sign up? Do they hate America or just freedom in general? And that goes for everybody who helped sell this war. You've got to go 1st. Brooks & Dunn, drop your cocks and grab your socks! Ann Coulter, darling, trust me, you will love the Army. You think you make up shit! Curt Schilling, b-bye! You ended the curse on Boston. Good. Let's try your luck in Falluja. Oh, and that Republican Baldwin brother, he's got to go so that Ted Nugent has someone to frag. But mostly, we have to send Mr & Mrs Britney Spears. B/c Britney once said, "We should trust our president in every decision that he makes, and we should just support that & be faithful in what happens." Ok, somebody has to die for that. Or at least go." Yeah, buh-bye Britney. And say howdy to those yellow chickenhawks who herald the killing and bloodletting, yet have refused to serve and/or pay for the war with a pound of their own flesh or their own money.