12 December 2006

Military Meets, Exceeds Recruiting Goals

Once again, another item for the MSM didn't tell me this file. Well, at least not in the main news section. AP via Yahoo reports.

WASHINGTON - Though Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the war in SEARCH

Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday it is having success enlisting new troops. The Navy and Air Force met their recruiting goals last month while the Army and Marine Corps exceeded theirs, the Defense Department announced. The Army, which is bearing the brunt of the work in Iraq, did the best. It signed up 6,485 new recruits in November compared with its target of 6,150 — meaning 105 percent of its goal.

All the services turned in similar performances in October as well, meaning they so far are meeting their goals for the 2007 budget year that began Oct. 1.

"The services are starting off well," said Maj. Stewart Upton, a Pentagon spokesman.

The progress in recruiting comes as U.S. pessimism over the Iraq campaign mounts, according to a recent AP-Ipsos poll. Some 63 percent of Americans said they don't expect a stable, democratic government to be established in Iraq, up from 54 percent who felt that way in June.

Despite what the MSM tells us, there are still scores of brave young men and women willing to stand tall and answer their Nation's call.I salute each and every one of them.

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02 December 2006

Use of Unmanned Drones in GWOT

And people thought the Coast Guard utilized very small craft.
11/16/06 - U.S. Army Sgt. Dane Phelps launches a Raven small unmanned aerial vehicle during a joint U.S. and Iraqi cordon and search operation in the Hawijah district of Kirkuk province, Iraq, Nov. 16, 2006. Phelps is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment. DoD photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Guillory, U.S. Army. (Released).
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Coast Guard Rated as Top Job for Thrill Seekers

CNN, in conjunction with Careerbuilder.com, rated Coast Guard search and rescue operations as the top job for thrill seekers in a recent list of high energy jobs. Other occupations making the list included FBI Special Agent and Firefighter. I really wonder what the parameters were for making the list. Regardless, I am very proud of the top listing.

(CareerBuilder.com) -- Many career paths involve the typical office setting: a desk, an office or cubicle, a computer and so on. But for some people, being in an office just isn't an attractive option. There are many people who are searching for more adventure and excitement than your typical desk job. Fortunately, there are thousands of other careers that enable employees to get out and take some risks.

If you are one of those people who looking for thrills, here are four options that also make a real impact.

1. Coast Guard Rescuer. The Coast Guard is the authority on law enforcement on and around our nation's major waterways. There are dozens of career options in the Coast Guard, says Pete Wypyszinski, a recruiter for the state of Louisiana. In addition to search and rescue, the Coast Guard handles environmental protection, law enforcement, maritime law and transportation regulation.

Training and Salary: Coast Guard recruits must be between the ages of 17 and 27 and have a high school diploma. You must also be good health and physical condition and have no major legal violations on your record. Recruits undergo basic training in Cape May, New Jersey, and then have the option of more specialized training.

Risk and Rewards: Wypyszinski says that one of the best things about this career path is how quickly you are involved in activities and missions that directly benefit your community. As for the danger, it is an understood and respected part of the job. "It's dangerous because of the situations we find ourselves in," he says, but adds that the safety procedures in place and the rewards far outweigh the risks.

The rest of the list can be found here.

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