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(Washington Times)   Congress guts the Army's NFL, NBA, and NASCAR recruitment drives. Talk about cutting defense spending   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, NBA, NFL, NASCAR, Betty McCollum, John A. Boehner, Jack Kingston, Aric Almirola, NASCAR teams  
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2012-07-19 10:22:11 AM  
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thurstonxhowell: Late Thursday night, in a close 216 to 202 vote, the House of Representatives struck down a bipartisan amendment that would have cut $72 million from next year's $608 billion defense spending bill slated for professional sports sponsorships used to help with military recruiting.

This being Fark, I should have assumed that the headline was the opposite of the article.

You should at least assume that if subby is stupid enough to be reading The Washington Times, he should be stupid enough to f*ck up the headline.
2012-07-19 11:17:22 AM  
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duffman13: All of the active duty forces are looking to cut manning,with the Marines and army looking to have the largest cuts as our ground wars wind down.

Last I heard, the only exception to this was senior enlisted who were in a shortage.
2012-07-19 10:27:01 AM  
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IHadMeAVision: Ball Sack Obama: Hopefully, PBS and NPR are next on the chopping block.

Oh God no without PBS how the hell would I ever distract my kid so I have time to do dishes?

Can your kids count to Pepsi yet?
2012-07-19 10:24:18 AM  
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Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: I heard on the radio this morning that the House already decided to keep the funding, making this article irrelevant

True story, Bro.

Late Thursday night, in a close 216 to 202 vote, the House of Representatives struck down a bipartisan amendment that would have cut $72 million from next year's $608 billion defense spending bill slated for professional sports sponsorships used to help with military recruiting.

They couldn't even cut 72 mil from a 608 billion dollar bill.

Something, something ...nice things.
2012-07-19 10:06:42 AM  
1 vote:
So, while the armed forces are having a problem with recruiting, Congress cuts the recruiting drives? I guess they really can't go after the real problem of military spending going towards defense contractors because 'murica and all that. (sigh)

Fun Fact: My dad is a diehard GOP supporter and he works for a defense contractor in a pretty high position. For the past 10 years, their project has been on this artillery piece that has gone by many different names (Crusader, NLOS). He has basically admitted that, when the project is scrapped by the Pentagon, they just propose the same damn thing under a different name because Congress is too stupid to know the difference. The funny thing is, the piece is constantly scrapped because the Pentagon constantly says "Hey, we don't need artillery because this isn't World War II anymore." (sigh)

/Cool Story Bro
2012-07-19 09:54:43 AM  
1 vote:

beta_plus: Still no cuts to Social Security & Medicare/Medicaid/Obamacare.

Medicare cuts were included in the debt ceiling deal.
2012-07-19 09:54:13 AM  
1 vote:

coeyagi: LarryDan43: People who can afford to go to sporting events these days have no reason to enter the military.

Sure the do. Those maxed out credit cards don't pay themselves.

Maybe what we need is a military credit card. Give out free t-shirts on college campuses for signing up. Max it out and miss a payment and you're enlisted.
2012-07-19 09:31:32 AM  
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FTFA: "The leagues said sports sponsorships are the "most efficient tool" in the military's entire arsenal for reaching potential recruits, and pointed to the Army, which the leagues said collected 46,000 qualified leads of potential recruits from its efforts at NASCAR races in 2010. It was unclear how many of those leads turned into enlistments."

Bull, at least for the Army. There are a bunch of statisticians at Recruiting Command who keep track of how all sorts of trends impact total enlistments. If the leagues want to know how effective those advertising dollars are, all they need to do is ask the various services to see the numbers.

I also like the fact that it's the leagues, not the services, who are asking to keep these dollars flowing. Telling, to me. And if NASCAR's demographics match those of people who are inclined to volunteer... shouldn't you maybe advertise somewhere else, and potentially expand the recruiting base?
2012-07-19 09:28:59 AM  
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I think "I only have a high school diploma and my second baby's on the way" is much more of a motivator for folks to join the military than a logo painted some redneck's car, so I'm not too concerned about the recruitment numbers.
2012-07-19 09:23:37 AM  
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rudemix: Much like milk and eggs, how will people ever learn of the Army's existence without commercials to let us know?

Are you suggesting that there aren't simply tons of people who never considered joining the Army until they saw a car with the word "Army" painted on it driving in circles?
2012-07-19 09:23:23 AM  
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karl2025: I'm not an expert in the military, but isn't recruiting one of the bigger problems the military is facing right now? If that's true, wouldn't a better cut be something we don't need so much?

Why would recruiting be a problem? It isn't 2006 anymore. The war is winding down and the economy is still in the toliet. They probably have a glut at this point.
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