Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Another Army Kidnapping

I posted about the Army apparently kidnapping Ever Jandres, a 24-year-old learning-disabled epileptic, here. Here's another case, from today's Seattle Post-Intelligener:
Marine recruiters began a relentless barrage of calls to Axel [cobb] as soon as the mellow, compliant Sedro-Woolley High School grad had cut his 17th birthday cake. And soon it was nearly impossible to get the seekers of a few good men off the line. ...

[When Alex's mother] went to Seattle for the Folklife Festival and Axel was home alone, two recruiters showed up at the door. ... The sergeant was friendly but, at the same time, aggressively insistent. This time, when Axel said, "Not interested," the sarge turned surly, snapping, "You're making a big [bleeping] mistake!"

Next thing Axel knew, the same sergeant and another recruiter showed up at the LaConner Brewing Co., the restaurant where Axel works. And before Axel, an older cousin and other co-workers knew or understood what was happening, Axel was whisked away in a car.
Even after reducing its recruiting goals for May, the Army came up about 25% short, the fourth consecutive monthly shortfall in the number of new recruits. .. Is this how they are making up some of that shortfall?

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