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November 04, 2005

Most recruits from rural areas, the South and West, per Pentagon data

Youths in Rural U.S. Are Drawn To Military: Recruits' Job Worries Outweigh War Fears [WP, 11/4/05]:

As sustained combat in Iraq makes it harder than ever to fill the ranks of the all-volunteer force, newly released Pentagon demographic data show that the military is leaning heavily for recruits on economically depressed, rural areas where youths' need for jobs may outweigh the risks of going to war. [Added emphasis]

More than 44 percent of U.S. military recruits come from rural areas, Pentagon figures show. In contrast, 14 percent come from major cities. Youths living in the most sparsely populated Zip codes are 22 percent more likely to join the Army, with an opposite trend in cities. Regionally, most enlistees come from the South (40 percent) and West (24 percent).

Yours, &c., LC | 01:11 PM | Politics | TrackBack (0)

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