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....and Spin is Spin.

THE NEW MILITARY
AGE LIMIT: THEN: 34.....NOW: 42
PERCENTAGE OF HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS: THEN: 10%.....NOW: 19%
CAP ON SUBSTANDARD APTITUTE SCORES: THEN: 2%.....NOW: 4%
MAX BODY FAT ALLOWED FOR 20YR OLD: THEN: 24%.....NOW: 30%
WAIVERS FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS: THEN: 4567 IN 04.....NOW: 5168 IN O5
WAIVERS FOR SERIOUS CRIMINAL RECORDS: THEN: 408 IN O4.....NOW: 630 IN 05
LENGTH OF ACTIVE DUTY BEFORE A NON-CITIZEN
SOLDIER CAN APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP: THEN: 3 YEARS.....NOW: 1 DAY
MAXIMUM ENLISTMENT BONUS: THEN: $20,000.....NOW: $40,000
 

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Many of those criteria simply reflect the changes in our society. People are getting older, fatter, test scoring is pretty much down, and the dollar isn't worth what it used to be.

Also, long-drawn out conflicts will almost always result in a low enlistment rate if for no other reason than part of the resources have already been used.

While those here on the right have been foolish to use enlistment rates as a way to show things are going well your facts are no better as a way to show things are going badly.

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If I follow the devaluation of the dollar accounts for a jump from $20,000 to $40,000. Thats real inflation. Citizenship application goes from 3 years to 1 year. I feel the numbers have a place among the many facts of the Iraq war. That you don't is fine with me, however what I post is what I feel important.
 
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