The majority of military recruits are low-income and poorly educated EDIT With emphasis for those who skim and clarification
Throughout the history of the United States the military has been a haven for at risk male youth. Poor men and women with families enlist with the hopes of providing for their families and travelling the world while helping their country. Unfortunately, they too often find that they are away from their family for months or years at a time and they still struggle to pay bills.
Now, with social media we are also finding how poorly educated our military forces are when they post facebook and other updates that are clearly written by someone who is illiterate.
I don't mean to insult anyone, but I'm truly scared about the state of our military forces. I in no way want to minimize the sacrifice they provide to our country. I just want our government to actually provide for its people. Educational opportunities are scarce for them, as well. I grew up with my father in the navy and believe me, he typified the low income recruit stereotype. I also still live in a largely military community and work and interact with military on a daily basis.
I actually want them to receive better pay and education. I'm trying to stand up for them. It's the military system that is broken, not the brave men and women who serve.