October 16, 2004


Does anyone else feel a draft in here? (scroll down to middle of page)

Engage 200,000 Americans A Year In "Service For College"
John Kerry and John Edwards will offer a simple deal to hundreds of thousands of America's young people: if you will serve for two years in one of America's toughest and most important jobs, we will cover four years of tuition at a typical public university.

On September 11th, 2001, America experienced the most terrible and deadly attack in its history. John Kerry believes we need to think big and do better and get more young Americans serving the nation.

As part of his 100 day plan to change America, John Kerry will propose a comprehensive service plan that includes requiring mandatory service for high school students and four years of college tuition in exchange for two years of national service.

I can just see the headlines now...

"'Backdoor draft' prevents soldiers from being discharged once 2 year commitment is up."

One thing Kerry neglected to mention...he would have to also restructure the hierarchical system of officer rankings and promotion paths. If I'm not mistaken, without a college degree (pending the soldiers don't return after college), the best you can hope to be is a Chief Warrant Officer?

Meanwhile, MTV's "non-partisan" Rock the Vote! campaign has a new video out... (alas, sin señorita Spears)

BUT the one of the other videos has SAMUEL L. JACKSON. He's black and cool and he was in Reservoir Dogs so he has to know what he's talking about.

(I was completely wrong on the scratched segment--thanks to Eric for clearing it up.)

To quote his comment,

"all the services have some sort of Officer Candidate school that allows enlisted men to become officers without a 4 year degree. That's how Tommy Franks did it."

Posted by Kyer at October 16, 2004 06:31 PM