Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Someone should have told the Peace Corps first....

I heard the following on a news program today..
This isn't just a bad decision, for all of the reason listed in the article, but it is yet another cruel joke on the military, courtesy of the government. No money for armored up Humvees, or for Bradlees, but Halliburton made a 284 % profit on it's war time "activities."

And, as the radio news stated, the Peace Corps gets three times more apps than they can accommodate, and they are not guaranteeing any spaces to the military. As the Peace Corps rep said....what this legislation says is that the individuals have the "option" to join the Peace Corps after their military service is completed. Well, ANYONE has the option to join it. A very interesting part of the conversation with the Peace Corp rep(sorry, I didn't catch his name) said that he had only heard about the legislation recently, and to his knowledge, the Peace Corps was not notified of the legisation previously.

Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez, above with President Bush, said recruits are not guaranteed slots in the Corps. (By Rich Lipski -- The Washington Post)

Peace Corps Option for Military Recruits Sparks Concerns
By Alan Cooperman Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 2, 2005; Page A11
The U.S. military, struggling to fill its voluntary ranks, is offering to allow recruits to meet part of their military obligations by serving in the Peace Corps, which has resisted any ties to the Defense Department or U.S. intelligence agencies since its founding in 1961.
The recruitment program has sparked debate and rising opposition among current and former Peace Corps officials. Some welcome it as a way to expand the cadre of idealistic volunteers created by President John F. Kennedy.

But many say it could lead to suspicions abroad that the Peace Corps, which has 7,733 workers in 73 countries, is working together with the U.S. armed forces.

"Does this raise red flags for the Peace Corps community? I'd say yes -- emphatically so," said Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association, an organization of returned volunteers, staff and supporters.

"We think a real or perceived linkage between the Peace Corps and military service could damage the Peace Corps and potentially put the safety of Peace Corps volunteers at risk."
Congress authorized the recruitment program three years ago in legislation that drew little attention at the time but is stirring controversy now, for two reasons: The military has begun to promote it, and the day is drawing closer when the first batch of about 4,300 recruits will be eligible to apply to the Peace Corps, after having spent 3 1/2 years in the armed forces. That could happen as early as 2007.

the rest of the BOLD FACED LIE, reported in the Post, HERE
And from the Peace Corps site of returned volunteers.


Anonymous ThomH said...

Medbh, on the same it turns out the Peace Corps turns down applicants. Why? Because -- wait for it -- the Peace Corps doesn't have the funding for all the projects which it would like to undertake -- no money. Enough said?

12:35 AM  

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