This is a strange one.
It's no secret that the US military is having more trouble than ever finding new recruits. You might think that recruiting from the MySpace generation would make perfect sense - a pool of millions of technology savvy young people. According to a study commissioned by the US Navy, however, you'd be wrong. MySpace kids, it is said, are like an "Alien Life Force":
The MySpace generation is a "somewhat alien life force," a Navy recruiting presentation contends -- with a language and lifestyle that's almost unrecognizable to adults. And because the kids are such "coddled," "narcissistic praise junkies," they'll be beyond tough to bring into the military. Propensity to join the armed forces among these so-called "millennials" has dropped to as little as 3%; that's down from 26% in 2001.
Read the whole great post by Noah Shachtman at Wired's Danger Room. Military silliness at its best! [via IM from Noah himself]