A Lesson from the Sen. Kerry Imbroglio: Recruit Military

By November 2, 2006General

It’s by now well known in every corner of the blogosphere that Sen. Kerry besmirched the intelligence of men and women serving in Iraq a few days ago at an event for the guy who’s apparently destined to lose the California Governor’s race, Phil Angelides. Kerry’s remark certainly didn’t help Angelides’ chances. In any event, in case you’re the only person on the planet who didn’t see it, here’s what Kerry said:

“You know, education — if you make the most of it, you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Sen. Kerry has since apologized, saying his remarks were, “misintepreted.” Along the way, a group of soldiers in Iraq had a little fun with the whole episode, as evidenced by this photo. In any event, we wanted to take the opportunity created by these unfortunate remarks to remind folks not only that our military is actually quite educated and skilled, but that there is an opportunity through the NAM to hire veterans.

First and foremost, for Sen. Kerry’s purposes, some facts about the military:

  • Over 99% of enlisted personnel have high school educations, as compared to 80% of the general civilian population.
  • 95.4% of commissioned officers have college degrees, while 38.4% of officers have advanced degrees.
  • According to this fact sheet from the Department of Defense, military recruits mirror the US population and are solidly middle class.
  • Washington DC is an area rich with active duty military. They work and live among us. We can attest first-hand to the fact that they are bright and professional and the best military in the world.

    The NAM has a partnership with Recruit Military to help marry veterans leaving military service with jobs in the private sector. Some 3500 manufacturers have availed themselves of this great service, and we hope you’ll consider doing the same. The database of registered job candidates now numbers in excess of 110,000. Click here for more information about the program.

    Maybe Sen. Kerry’s fabulously public — and colossal — blunder will lead to renewed attention to the many skills and talents that our veterans have to offer.

    Join the discussion 4 Comments

    • Pat Cleary says:

      OK, “Proud Brat” it is….

      Great suggestion — I’ll ask the Recruit Military folks for some examples that we can post here.

      Thanks for writing.

      Pat Cleary

    • JeSais says:

      As the daughter of a Navy Captain, the granddaughter of a Navy Admiral and a Navy Commodore, and the great granddaughter of a Navy Lieutenant (who started out as an apprentice boy) I fully support the Recruit Military program; it sounds like an awesome opportunity for private sector companies to avail themselves of some terrific people.

      Why not profile some of those excellent people as a way to get the word out rather than re-hashing the comments of a yay-hoo?

      sign me “Proud Brat”

    • Pat Cleary says:

      Truth is, his blunder brought to the surface what he and others have long believed, a pernicious bigotry of the elites that is all too common in our society. It created an opportunity to get some facts out there about our vets and a great oppty to tout Recruit Military, a great program.

    • JeSais says:

      arrgh… I am so sick of the rehash about Kerry, even here on the NAM blog? that was quite a reach to connect it to manufacturing. let it go already.