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If this report is accurate it should cause some unease in some quarters:
"Most of the kids say they don't want to fight for a country that's pickin' on other countries," he said. "I don't want to fight because this [Iraq] war was stupid, it wasted money. Army people are getting killed for nothing, and we should have stayed in our own business."Ignoring that "We saw the most precipitous drop immediately after Sept. 11" the editors chose to lead with this:
Mr. Rhone represents a trend that began before the war in Iraq but has worsened since: a steep drop in the percentage of black Army recruits.
"We saw the most precipitous drop immediately after Sept. 11," Maj. Gen. Michael Rochelle, commander of Army recruiting, said at the Pentagon this year.
In fiscal 2001, which ended 19 days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, nearly 23 percent of all new Army recruits were black ? as in each of the previous five years. So far in fiscal 2005, which ends Sept. 30, only about 14 percent are.
That's a decline of nearly 40 percent in the proportion of black recruits ? when the Army never needed them more.
WASHINGTON ? The Iraq war is drying up at least part of a pool of recruits the Army has relied upon for decades: black Americans.Army authorized end strength has been increased by 30k this year, contributing significantly to numerical recruiting woes. But if raw numbers of recruits are actually up then a concurrent increase in non-black recruits over the past several years is implied.
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Pollster David Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a think tank that focuses on black issues, found out why when he conducted a poll for the Army in 1998.A provocative story - the response (or lack thereof) in the media and from various concerned organizations should be notable.
"A large percentage of African-Americans thought the Army was one of the most racially integrated and fair organizations or institutions in the country," he said.
"African-Americans always had a much, much higher propensity to serve" in the Army than did whites, he added, largely because it gave them "a chance to get training, pay for education, a variety of things like that."
But blacks also have strong negative views about the war and President Bush that Mr. Bositis and others say have cooled their ardor for the Army.
A poll Mr. Bositis did last October of 850 blacks and an equal sample from the general population that included 58 blacks found only half as much approval for Mr. Bush's handling of Iraq among blacks as among the general population. The poll's margin of error was 3.5 percent.
"True or not, African-Americans often think that when there's a war, African-Americans disproportionately get killed," he added.
The numbers disprove that assumption, which came to life during the Vietnam War. Military sociologist Charles Moskos of Northwestern University, who with University of Texas professor John Sibley Butler co-wrote a book on blacks in the Army, said that in Vietnam, blacks accounted for 12.1 percent of U.S. troop deaths ? about their proportion of the population then.
Army figures show that as of February ? the latest ethnic breakdown of casualties available ? blacks accounted for 12.11 percent of Army troops killed in action and 12.74 percent of those wounded in Iraq, even though nearly 23 percent of troops deployed to the conflict are black.
Whites have accounted for about 72 percent of soldiers killed and wounded in action, while 10.28 percent of those killed in combat and 7.31 percent of those wounded were Hispanic, according to Army figures.
Let each man respond to the summons of the trumpet. If blacks do not heed the call others have. The numbers regarding individuals deployed is at best misleading. How many rear area pogues run the risk of being hit compared to the combat arms? You should have specified where most black and whites serve to better define what the casualities reflect. Numbers alone do not explain the story if you leave out the necessary parameters.Posted by TJ Jackson at August 3, 2005 02:58 AM
First of all, no self-respecting black would ever join the U.S. uncle Tom military. But it appears now even the pool of uncle Toms is drying up. You mock the black kid quoted as saying "most don't want to fight for a country that is picking on other countries". Is that so hard to understand?? Is that so unfathomable that a lot of people have more than five brain cells and a conscience and thus don't want any part of American corporate imperialist wars of aggression??!! Or that they're too smart to believe the crap that people like you eat up daily about "fighting for freedom" and "spreading democracy" and "protecting America" by attacking a country that was doing nothing to provoke it?? Congratulations-- you are criticizing them for having a mind of their own. The only thing Bush and company said regarding Iraq that turned out to be true is, surprise surprise, they're sitting on a lake of oil. You and others like you could learn from them and yourselves do a little bit of what Americans so carefully avoid: critical thinking. So yes, it is not hard for a sensible person to understand why even uncle Tom blacks are shunning the fascist military. Guess they'll have to try to recruit even more white trailer trash to try to make up for it.Posted by Leonard Carter at August 4, 2005 05:56 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(2) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)