Army has a big ad on TV

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    The Administration just released a plan to downsize the Military ground troops by at least 100,000 in the next couple of years. Why does the government still spend money in expensive prime-time ads aimed at recruiting Soldiers? Is there a disconnect somewhere or is the Military instructed to pretend that it is still living in a different era?
     
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    Most likely the ads are pre-paid and the gov't has a contract with advertisers.
     
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    You gotta laugh at the Navy ads that pretend the greatest sea going fighting force in history is really a caring "global force for good'. If the propaganda gets more recruits who am I to complain?
     
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    Obviously you're (blissfully) unaware that the Navy does more humanitarian missions than all the other services combined. Not to mention protecting the world's shipping lanes, a tough job in some areas.
     
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    Because it's cheaper to push out higher paid soldiers and replace them with new ones. Happens every ten years or so.
     
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    Ever think that they keep the ads up because they're trying to get the best qualified applicants?

    If they're going to downsize, then they're going to tighten the restrictions for enlistment.

    Trust me.........................I worked in a MEPS for the Navy as Head Classifier and LPO.
     
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    Not only that, but the Navy is the baseline for the projection of military power. No Navy, no projection. It's as simple as that. Of all the services we have, the Navy is the most critical.
     
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    It's not so much an issue of cost, but of age. Without constant recruiting and the successive tightening of both the eligibility and availability of slots for promotion, the Armed Forces would grow progressively older. If recruiting were curtailed, you'd soon find yourself in the same position as the Army in late 19th century: With 40 year old Privates unable to advance in rank, yet still required to perform the same duties as his 18 year old counterpart.
     
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    The Navy recruiters were out at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore last week. I'm a veteran of the Navy from the Vietnam era, having made the decision to join up when my student deferment expired upon graduation from college in 1970.
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    Navy Recruiters on the Campus of Johns Hopkins University
     
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