National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” reported this morning on recruiting woes at the National Guard. NPR tracked down one recruiter working at Bell High School in southeast Los Angeles. As part of her pitch to students, this recruiter claims that there is a greater chance of being killed in their own neighborhood than in Iraq.
Here is a partial transcript:
(Voice of Reporter): [This recruiter] has little patience with parential fears that their kids might get wounded or killed. She thinks there is a better chance of being killed in LA than in Iraq
[Voice of Recruiter] “Because they might get killed when they step outside the door — they can get shot. You might as well get shot for freedom, for a purpose.”
NPR also reports the National Guard has begun sending recruiters to Iraq — to urge soldiers to re-enlist in the National Guard after their tours of duty end.