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Military Recruiting

War Vet: Military Violence Caused In Part By Recruiting From 'Predisposed Trauma Demographic'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.03.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In the wake of the Fort Hood shooting Wednesday, war veterans joined HuffPost Live to discuss the mental health issues, namely Post Traumatic Stress D...

Teen Socialist's Big Win

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

A 19-year-old socialist took office last week as the member of a local school board in New Jersey. Pat Noble, a pharmacy clerk, was sworn-in as a ...

Join the Army

Jonathan Richards | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Why Is Georgia Secretly Giving Student Test Scores to Military Recruiters?

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Azadeh Shahshahani

Marlyn and Kyle are certainly not alone. In fact, Georgia's record in terms of protecting the privacy of students who take the ASVAB test has gotten even worse over the years.

Blacks Outpace Other Female Recruits In U.S. Military

The New York Times | JAMES DAO | Posted 12.23.2011 | Black Voices

Black women are enlisting in the military at far higher rates than are white or Hispanic women, and they now represent nearly a third of all the women...

Small Town's High School Graduates Went To War After 9/11

AP | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS | Posted 10.28.2011 | Education

SUPERIOR, Mont. — Longtime guidance counselor Dan Lucier studies hallway-mounted photos of past graduating classes at Superior High School, poin...

Joy Resmovits

DREAM Act A Moral, Economic Imperative, Says U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.27.2011 | College

Despite the DREAM Act’s low likelihood for Senate passage, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called for a renewed awareness of the plight of u...

Gay Rights and University ROTC Policy

Jonathan R. Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Jonathan R. Cole

The Obama administration and Congress have taken a first step. Now we need to do the right thing: repeal DOMA and assure gay and lesbian couples equal protection.

Peddling War to Children

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What an obscenity, it seems to me, to exploit the yearning of the young, and feign a solidarity with it, in order to perpetuate a system that will in all likelihood simply chew them up.

NFL Too Violent? Beware the Commercials

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Astore

Recently, the NFL has cracked down on helmet-to-helmet hits and other manifestations of "unnecessary roughness." This is all to the good. Football i...

Hardcore Punk Band 'Cipher' Writes A Protest Song For This Generation

Andy Stepanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andy Stepanian

When governments go bad, art gets good. Cipher's musical aggression is more than an outlet for their fan's frustration; it's also a call to action.

Two Failed Efforts at Muslim-Bashing

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

The news of the week is that two efforts at Muslim-bashing were tried, and both failed. Cause for concern, yes. But cause for some hope as well.

Elena Kagan and Blind Faith in the Military

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Respect for the military is important, and it's something Elena Kagan has. But respect does not mean that one must abandon key principles just because the military says so.

Obesity & Military: Almost 30 Percent Of Young Americans Too Fat To Fight, Generals Say

McClatchy | Patrick Donohue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A group of more than 50 retired generals and admirals says a growing number of young Americans are too fat to fight. A study released last week by Mi...

This Memorial Day, a Modest Plea for More Honest Military Recruiting Ads

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Memorial Day is not a time for politics, but it is a time for remembering that military service is not about acquiring marketable skills, but about defending our country.

Is the DREAM Act a Military Recruiter's Dream, Too? (VIDEO)

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

While the DREAM Act has inspired bold activism led by educators and students, its status as a pillar of the immigration reform movement may be somewhat undercut by the taint of the military recruitment machine.

Swiftboating General Kagan on DADT Is Bad Politics and Bad Policy

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

There is nothing in the record to suggest that Elena Kagan spoke against the military, and everything to suggest that she went out of her way to defend the anti-discrimination policy and to welcome veterans.

Pentagon: Recruiting Last Year Was Best Since 1973

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's personnel chief said Tuesday the military has completed its best recruiting year since 1973, meeting all its goals and bringing in a better educated group of young people.

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps met goals for active duty and reserve recruiting during the budget year ended Sept. 30 – the first time that has happened since the all-volunteer force was established, said Defense Department head of personnel Bill Carr.

He told a Pentagon press conference that it's partly because of department spending on finding recruits, even as fewer civilian jobs were available due to the nation's economic problems. He also cited increases in military pay.

For the active-duty force overall, Carr said 96 percent of recruits had a high school diploma, the best showing since 1996. For the Army, it was about 95 percent, up 11 percent from the previous year. And 73 percent of Pentagon recruits scored above average on the military's math and verbal aptitude testing, the best showing since 2004, Carr said.

The military spends about $10,000 per recruit, taking into account advertising, recruiter time and office leases for recruiting stations, he said. Recruits are in the 90th percentile of earners for their education and time in the workplace, Carr said.

Autistic Marine's Case Raises Questions On Recruiting Practices

LA Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A few days after he arrived at boot camp here, Joshua Fry no longer wanted to be a Marine. He was confused by the orders drill instructors shouted at ...

In Dependence Day 2009

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

We have never been more reliant on the generosity of others and less able to act like grown-ups and fend for ourselves than any time since the Revolution.

Breaking News in San Diego: The Marines are Looking for A Few Good Men

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chantal Sicile-Kira

My son - who is non-verbal and severely impacted by autism - has been heavily recruited by the military.

The Few and the Proud? A Red-Band Marine Recruiting Video

Dan Mirvish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dan Mirvish

At a time when we are reconsidering every decision made during the Bush/Rumsfeld era, from torture to the invasion of Iraq to the speculation of addin...

A Tale of Two Contracts

Rachel Natelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Natelson

While "tangible inducements" to minors may now be a forbidden tactic in credit card marketing, military recruiters continue to ply students with key chains, hats, and t-shirts in pursuit of their goals.

Stimulating the New Service Economy

Deb Jospin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deb Jospin

This time last year, college seniors across the country were madly interviewing for jobs on Wall Street, evaluating offers that included unbelievable salaries and beautiful offices. What a difference a year makes.

No Gays, Please, We're Americans

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

I marvel at the contortions our government goes through to avoid welcoming gays and lesbians openly into the armed services, whether they be skilled, highly skilled, or not skilled at all.