Monday, January 19, 2009

Well, that's kinda cool

Saw this on the New York Times:

As the number of jobs across the nation dwindles, more Americans are joining the military, lured by a steady paycheck, benefits and training.

The last fiscal year was a banner one for the military, with all active-duty and reserve forces meeting or exceeding their recruitment goals for the first time since 2004, the year that violence in Iraq intensified drastically, Pentagon officials said.


And the trend seems to be accelerating. The Army exceeded its targets each month for October, November and December — the first quarter of the new fiscal year — bringing in 21,443 new soldiers on active duty and in the reserves. December figures were released last week.

Not bad. We may be losing jobs, but we'll be gaining military strength at a time where people are worried about terrorists trying to test Barack Obama. Also, it makes the "say no to a larger stimulus" somewhat ironic, since they are going to have to pay more and more individuals anyway. But that's a different issue altogether.

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