After failing to meet recruiting goals for two months in a row, the Marines are now scrambling for an answer to explain the shortfall besides the obvious — the two-year-old war in Iraq that has left 1,520 U.S. service members dead.
Well, according to Stars & Stripes, the Marines have found the reason why fewer recruits are signging up: the weather.
Marine Lt. Gen. Jan. C. Huly said a harsh winter kept potential recruits indoors, and thus recruiters from signing them up.
“It’s easy to say it’s the war in Iraq,” said Huly. “But I’m not so sure.”
As Milli Vanilli once sang:
Blame it on the rain that was falling, falling
Blame it on the stars that did shine at night
Whatever you do don’t put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah yeah
You can blame it on the rain
Cos the rain don’t mind
And the rain don’t care
You got to blame it on something