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Military Recruiting

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I was talking tonight to a friend who’s going to West Point.

He is getting paid to go to college, and this summer will be getting paid to learn how to parachute and to take some summer classes in France. Next fall, he’ll be getting paid again to study abroad in France. When he graduates, he’ll be able to choose from a multitude of jobs, most of which don’t even involve getting shot at.

Why is it that the military has to try so hard to recruit people?


Written by James Bailey

June 6, 2007 at 6:04 am

Posted in military, sweet deals

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  1. Although your friend at West Point will enjoy a few unusual experiences over the next year, he (or she) has paid his (or her dues). First of all, the “getting paid” part. Cadets receive a monthly stipend for the express purpose of paying for their books, uniforms, computers, laundry and other necessities. With care, cadets can save enough to pay for a good portion of their officer uniforms as well.

    They pay by taking intensive summer training before beginning academics in their first and second years. Before their third and fourth years of academics they lead this summer training for the lower two classes as well as participate in military parachute training (not sport parachuting), mountaineering training and other military-related courses plus also spend a month with an active duty military unit in training.

    About studying in France, your friend probably was lucky enough to get one of the limited number of slots at the French military academy, St. Cyr. Nice location, but still a professional military academy with courses taught in French, obviously.

    As for the post-graduate jobs that have nothing to do with combat, the overwhelming number of graduates select branches that have everything to do with “getting shot at,” namely Infantry, Aviation, Artillery, Combat Engineers, and Armor (tanks). Still, out of about 13,000 applicants, only 1,300 make the cut for an appointment to West Point each year. Hope this helps.

    J. Olejniczak

    June 6, 2007 at 2:54 pm

  2. It seems my brevity has been called.
    Still trying to figure out how to make things short and interesting without leaving out too much vital information.
    I think the most important piece of information is the last- the admissions rate. There are a lot of things the military has to recruit hard for, but West Point is not one of them.


    June 11, 2007 at 2:37 am

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