Recruiting sick soldiers

posted by Mike on August 22nd, 2006

Mike Schorsch takes a look at a new government report on problems with military recruiting, and notes that “about 30% of recruiting irregularities in the Army have to due with recruiters covering up, in one way or another, new recruits’ medical histories.” Why would they do this?

Well, every branch of the military (except the Marines) rewards recruiters based on how many recruits they get to sign an initial contract, not how many recruits actually make it through training . . . . So a recruiter can put sick recruit after sick recruit into boot camp, and even if every one of those recruits gets sent home early for medical reasons, that recruiter can still win that “Best Recruiter of the Year” trophy.

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