Posts Tagged: Youth

Recruiting stand-down ordered in wake of recruiter suicides

Recruiting stand-down ordered Probe of Houston suicides prompts wide-ranging action By Michelle Tan – Staff writer Posted : Thursday Jan 29, 2009 10:45:21 EST Army Secretary Pete Geren has ordered a stand-down of the Army’s entire recruiting force and a review of almost every aspect of the job is underway in the wake of a… Read more »

‘Tragedy Assistance’ or Ending the Tragedy?

Near the end of this article it mentions the suicide of Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Stagner, who suffered from PTSD and was about to redeploy to on his fourth tour to Iraq. Very sad.  I didn’t know Brandon, but I know some of his family.  His father Ishmael Stagner is a respected kupuna in… Read more »

Report shows gap in Army’s 2008 recruitment quantity and quality goals

January 21, 2009 Contact: Suzanne Smith, Research Director 413.320.8530 (cell), Jo Comerford, Executive Director 413.559.1649 (cell) On the heels of the U.S. Army’s announced goal of 65,000 additional recruits National Priorities Project (NPP) finds significant gap in Army’s 2008 quantity and quality goals Online Tool Allows the Public to Analyze Army Data by State,… Read more »

Will Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Education militarize our schools even more?

The Duncan Doctrine The Military-Corporate Legacy of the New Secretary of Education By Andy Kroll On December 16th, a friendship forged nearly two decades ago on the hardwood of the basketball court culminated in a press conference at the Dodge Renaissance Academy, an elementary school located on the west side of Chicago. In a glowing… Read more »

Federal impact aid to Hawai’i increases, but only covers 14% of actual costs

According to the DOE, the cost to educate a pupil in the Hawai’i public schools is $11,659.36. This mostly comes out of the general appropriations that the state generates through taxes, plus federal and other grants. In school year 2007-2008, there were 28,026 federally connected students (including military dependents) enrolled in the public schools out… Read more »

Bad economy good for Army re-enlistment

When the working class and poor are deprived of educational and economic opportunities, the military is seen as the only alternative.  This is called the “Poverty Draft”.  As described in the article below from the Honolulu Advertiser, this pressure for the poor to join the military has become worse with the current economic crisis.   Meanwhile,… Read more »

Soldier arrested in infant attempted-murder case is released December 19, 2008 Soldier arrested in infant attempted-murder case is released A 20-year-old Army man arrested in the attempted-murder case of a 5-month-old Wahiawa girl has been released pending further investigation. The man was arrested at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The girl, who suffered critical injuries Dec. 8, remains at Tripler Army Medical Center. Police… Read more »

Ex-soldier gets life term

Sex crime plea deal includes life term By Nelson Daranciang POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 09, 2008 A man who videotaped himself sexually assaulting his infant daughter has agreed to accept a life prison term with the possibility for parole. Video: Defendant In Shocking Sex Assault Case Gets A Life Sentence. In partnership with… Read more »

America’s Child Soldiers

  America’s Child Soldiers: US Military Recruiting Children to Serve in the Armed Forces By Sherwood Ross Global Research, November 29, 2008 In violation of its pledge to the United Nations not to recruit children into the military, the Pentagon “regularly target(s) children under 17,” the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) says. The Pentagon “heavily recruits… Read more »

Ex-Marine accused of raping a 10-year old girl

Ex-Marine charged with assaulting girl By Nelson Daranciang POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2008 A man kicked out of the Marine Corps is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl after assaulting the girl’s father in a Waikiki hotel last week, said Vickie Kapp, deputy city prosecutor. An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment yesterday… Read more »