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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Our Quality U.S. Military Troops

John Kerry has been denouncing the U.S. Military Troops this week as written about here but the Heritage Foundation presents a study which demonstrate our troops are the best in many ways. While Kerry makes idiotic and disparaging "jokes" at the expense of our military forces here is what the very extensive study says.
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Over the past three years, the quality of recruits to the U.S. military has improved, a finding contrary to the conventional wisdom that troop quality has declined.
xxx “Those who have been so quick to suggest that today’s wartime recruits represent lesser quality, lower standards, or lower class should be expected make an airtight case,” Tim Kane writes. “Instead, they have cited selective evidence, which is balanced by a much clearer set of evidence showing improving troop quality.”
xxx Kane’s analysis considers the household income, level of education, race and ethnicity, and regional origin of military recruits.
xxx “U.S. military recruits are more similar than dissimilar to the American youth population,” Kane finds. “The slight dif­ferences are that wartime U.S. mil­itary enlistees are better educated, wealthier, and more rural on aver­age than their civilian peers.”
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