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US Navy calls MySpace teens "Alien Life Force"


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]

"Because of that, he [is in] a worldwide social network; his best friend may be Chinese," the report says."

Good God! Fear the day when we should be friends with some Chinese folks!
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In an anonymous office building in a quiet suburb of Beijing several hundred Peoples Liberation Army psychological warfare experts sit in cubicles, in uniform, creating bogus MySpace pages and befriending American teens. "Yes, I like soccer, too, but in my country, we call it FOOTBALL! Ha ha!"
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You don't have to read the Instapundit piece if it hurts your sensibilities or spoils your perception that the military is silly or incompetent or whatever. The defenselink link is plain data: recruitment levels at 100 percent or better.

And besides, the Instapundit piece just relates an email from a guy with experience in signing up for military service and how the standards aren't being relaxed.
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You don’t have to read the Instapundit piece if it hurts your sensibilities or spoils your perception that the military is silly or incompetent or whatever.

The military? Incompetent? You sound like some sort of America-hater or something.

The military is competent enough to set its recruiting goals so low that they can always report meeting or exceeding them.

Army of one, baby!
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When're you signing up, Carruthers?

I understand that we're falling behind a little bit in the "winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim world" aspect of our mission. That sounds like it would be right up your alley!
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You must have slaughtered the opposition in debating class Adam.

So the military can set goals so low that they can meet them whatever the number. Does that mean you believe we should be setting them higher, and the military should be larger? We're not meeting our necessary recruitment levels so that's a problem?

I don't know, but I suspect you believe that the recruitment levels are too high and that our military should be much smaller. Not only that, but the military is also incompetent and that perhaps we shouldn't really have armed forces at all. Or something vague and woolly like that. War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing...

I don't swallow everything the military says hook line and sinker, but I don't go out of my way looking to contribute to the sort of ankle-biting that the original article and your sentiments seem to relish in.
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You, Sir, are the person who thrust himself into this thread with the declaration that the concept of there being problems with military recruitment levels is a "myth."

The rumors being spread by the "MSM" of a military stretched dangerously thin must be predicated upon pure fantasy and/or the malicious anti-Americanism of the military-hating, coastal, liberal elite.

I can't imagine that you actually even believe that yourself. Why should you expect us to believe it?
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