Originally Posted by demonrail666
Lots of people who join the armed forces are from very poor areas, with minimal job prospects. Plenty of them are joining not because they believe in it but because it offers them some kind of future. A lot of my family are in the forces and I can say that none of them are how you describe them. A few decades ago they'd have been labourers or working in factories but those options aren't available to them anymore, and they're not stupid enough to believe that further education will provide them with any solution. Maybe choosing the dole is a better option but that's ultimately the only choice they have.
here in 'merica the armed forces recruit mainly among the poors, with promises of college, and job training, and be all you can be
(ersatz nietzsche). when i taught college i'd get the occasional ROTC guy, with his camo pants and dead eyes.
some well-meaning fools also enrolled after the crashed airplane attacks of 2001. poor bastards!
the handyman of a place where i used to live had to pay something like $10,000 to get his son out of afghanistan-- i didn't want to ask what the money was for-- bribes, or medical tests, or back tuition, or what. he was just broken up about his fucked-up son and willing to do just about anything to get him home.
but yes, all of this bullshit is sold to the masses in the name of "patriotism"-- lies & more lies to justify the business agendas of those who consistently privatize profit and socialize loss. "supporting the troops" is precisely how those losses get socialized.