February 9, 2006


Army Effort to Enlist Hispanics Draws Recruits, and Criticism (LIZETTE ALVAREZ, 2/09/06, NY Times)

In Denver and other cities where the Hispanic population is growing, recruiting Latinos has become one of the Army's top priorities. From 2001 to 2005, the number of Latino enlistments in the Army rose 26 percent, and in the military as a whole, the increase was 18 percent.

The increase comes at a time when the Army is struggling to recruit new soldiers and when the enlistment of African-Americans, a group particularly disillusioned with the war in Iraq, has dropped off sharply, to 14.5 percent from 22.3 percent over the past four years. [...]

While the military emphasizes that it works to enlist all qualified people, not just Hispanics, military experts say that bringing in more Latinos is overdue. Hispanics have long been underrepresented in the Army and in the military as a whole. While Latinos make up 10.8 percent of the Army's active-duty force, a better rate than the Air Force or Navy, they account for 14 percent of the population as a whole.

Hispanics also make up the fastest-growing pool of military age people in the United States, and they are more likely to complete boot camp and finish their military service, according to a 2004 study on Marine recruitment by CNA, a research group that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Public Research. Recruitment studies show that Hispanics' re-enlistment rates are also the highest among any group of soldiers.

"They are extremely patriotic," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Brodeur, commanding officer of the Recruitment Battalion covering Colorado, Wyoming, parts of Montana and Nebraska.

That many Latinos in the military are immigrants, or the children of immigrants, typically engenders a sense of gratitude for the United States and its opportunities, something recruiters stress in their pitch.

Just another reason for the Left to oppose immigration.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2006 10:53 PM

That many Latinos in the military are immigrants, or the children of immigrants, typically engenders a sense of gratitude for the United States and its opportunities

I read somewhere that a Mexican laborer earns, on average, roughly $3 a day in Mexico versus $66 a day in the United States. You'd be grateful, too, if you had lived on both sides of that statistic.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 10, 2006 12:37 AM

I think the Corps still has the corner on the Hispanics.

Posted by: Pepys at February 10, 2006 1:44 AM

"out with them all" - Tancredo.

Related note - on the NRO Corner there was the usual anti-immigration postings. One post ranted that there were something like 275,000 Salvadorans illegal in the US. Another poster, who is less virulent on immigration, said he looked forward to the first posters plan for cheaply/effectively/humanely getting these 275,000 out of the US. No response was given.

Posted by: AWW at February 10, 2006 8:41 AM

Pepys is right. When I was a Marine in the early 80s we had no shortage of Hispanics.

We should note that even at 14.5%, blacks are overrepresented in the service. Whites continue to be under-represented.

Posted by: Tim Robbins at February 11, 2006 12:49 PM