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Re: OT: sponge burning!

On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 03:57:02PM -0500, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 11:18:52AM -0800, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> <snip>
> > 
> This makes much more sense to me.  Though I am not in favor mandatory
> service, I do know some swedes and turks and they have a good opinion of
> it (Sweden and Turkey both have compulsory service, but it is apparently
> quite easy to get out of in Turkey).

fair enough.

> > 
> > I'm not sure how this works. Is the hispanic/latino population
> > considered a subset of the white population above? If so, that makes
> > sense, if not, there's something funny here.
> > 
> In 2000, the census made hispanic an ethnic category instead of a race.
> That means that someone can know be caucasion (or white, I forget the
> term used in the census) or african american *and* either hispanic or
> non-hispanic.


> <more massive snippage>
> On the differences between the Army and Air Force, I chose the Air Force
> for a good reason.  I have had friends who have joined all four branches
> of the military.  A few things:
> - enlisted personnel in the Air Force are much less likely to see direct
>   combat than in any other service
> - Army, Navy and Marine Recruiters are much more likely to lie or bend
>   the truth to recruit someone.  I have had friends who joined all four
>   branches and the best I can gather, Army and Marine recruiters
>   especially lie.
> - The Army has the best college benefit plan, throwing in quite a bit
>   more money for someone who goes into a combat specialty than any other
>   service does.  So, I am not surprised that there population is much
>   less educated, since many join just for the college benefits.

I grew up in the Air Force. The Air Force was pretty cool. A much
different esprit de corps then what I've heard of the other
branches. It is definitely a different animal -- much higher incoming
ASVAB scores for example. Also, their combat troops are officers
(pilots) which has got to have a serious positive affect on the morale
of the enlisted. The enlisted are supporting their bosses so the bosses
can go put their asses on the line. That said, some of those pilots
were serious jerks though...


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