I am a high school drop out and was raised by a woman who had questionable values and a notable lack of morals. I am now a Staff Sergeant in the US Army leading a medical section for the FINEST Air Cavalry unit. I have no problem allowing my Soldiers to know where I came from and that obstacles can be overcame if you want to.
Let me get this right, we are going to stop recruiting anywhere with a deep accent, and stop taking anyone who walks not to the recruiters liking? Or are we targeting a more specific group of people? Either way, we would not be doing a service to our military or our country. A good amount of SM do not come from the best upbringing, they are trying to get ahead by getting away from a struggle. These people also take care of families in need, and many times get themselves off the government pocket by now earning for themselves. These people might have some issues but it usually comes from not understanding how to adjust to just having to trust people. I've been in for two years, and still won't just trust you because of your rank and uniform. These people usually have great talents and skills when utilized and engaged properly. If more leaders took the time to develop their juniors, and find out how to engage them many of your concerns would be addressed, SGT.
I would think that they already are, at least unofficially. If you were a recruiter, and someone walked in looking like the love child of Lil Wayne and Flava Flav, talking about their prison record, or how they're trying to escape their "baby momma" (feel free to insert any other stereotype you can think of if you think it works better for the situation) , would you, in good conscience, recruit them? If someone was just so "over the top", why would you even put pen to paper?
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