Rural America fills the ranks with our Sons and Daughters

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It’s a few counties across the country that provide the most Volunteers for Military Service. San Bernardino County is one of them according to a recent article in the New York Times.

In the article entitled “Who Signs Up to Fight? Makeup of U.S. Recruits Shows Glaring Disparity“, written by Dave Philipps and Tim Arango it was suggested that just a very few counties send their kids to fight the liberal and Neocon wars.

More and more, new recruits are the children of old recruits. In 2019, 79 percent of Army recruits reported having a family member who served. For nearly 30 percent, it was a parent — a striking point in a nation where less than 1 percent of the population serves in the military.

Counties like San Bernardino have a long history of providing space and accommodation for most all services. There is a strong presents of Army Navy and Marines. At one time San Bernardino supported at least three Air Force Bases.

…In communities where veterans are plentiful, teachers, coaches, mothers, uncles and other mentors often steer youths toward military service. In communities where veterans are scarce, influential adults are more wary.

That has created a broad gap, easily seen on a map. The South, where the culture of military service runs deep and military installations are plentiful, produces 20 percent more recruits than would be expected, based on its youth population. The states in the Northeast, which have very few military bases and a lower percentage of veterans, produce 20 percent fewer.

Top Counties for Army Recruitment

The map below shows the 500 counties with the highest recruitment rates in a given year as a percentage of population, excluding counties with fewer than five recruits.

Because it is considered an honorable duty to serve your country in these few conservative counties generation after generation, Son following Father The cannon fodder for past and future wars, come from the same old familiar places.

Military recruitment comes from mostly rural America. Where Military Service is considered a real career path for the million who will never get to college.

All of us who spent an enlistment in the service now in our 60s thank our luck stars for the benefits that we receive because of that time we served in our youth. The VA has been a life saver for guys like me.

I like most guys I know, remain loyal to the Service to which they served. They promoted joining the service to their Sons and daughters and now Grandsons and Granddaughters. Our service forced us to become adults early on and taught us both discipline, dependability, plus an honest trade.

I do not know a soul that spent their youth in the Military that is not a better man or woman today.

Military service was once spread fairly evenly — at least geographically — throughout the nation because of the draft. But after the draft ended in 1973, enlistments shifted steadily south of the Mason-Dixon line. The military’s decision to close many bases in Northern states where long winters limited training only hastened the trend.

Lest I go on an on about the benefits of serving our country. I would hope you would read the times Article for yourself.

An interesting caveat to all these lopsided enlistments, is that fact that Conservative Military is not inclined to violate the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.

Source material: Who Signs Up to Fight? Makeup of U.S. Recruits Shows Glaring Disparity

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