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Did vice President Cheney tell the truth about the military being a dead end?

Joining the military is a dead end. After you've spent a few years in the military, you're 2 to 5 times more likely to be homeless than your friends who never joined. And, according to the VA, you'll probably earn less too. The skills you learn in the military will be geared to military jobs, not civilian careers; when you come out, many employers will tell you to go back to school and get some real training. As Vice President Cheney declared, "The reason to have a military is to be prepared to fight and win wars...it's not a jobs program."

Asked By: Erudite - 7/1/2007
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OF COURSE IT IS A DEAD END. Politicians, military careermen, Recruiters, scholars and professors alike all realize this. It is not intended to help lower income families finally obtain the socio-economis status that they deserve, but instead is an istitution which survives on niave young men and women who don't... More
Answered By: Stephen T - 7/1/2007
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You're a disgrace to the country! No it isn't a "jobs program" nor a "college scholarship" though those are benefits. It is a way for people to serve their country.
Answered By: John T - 7/1/2007
 
Cheney never lies. Well, thats a lie. The s.o.b is always telling lies, but sometimes he tells the truth, and that's no lie. When he tells the truth it could be a lie. Or he could be telling a lie to show us the truth. The problem is no one now can tell when he is lying and when he is telling the truth. That's the... More
Answered By: Ben - 7/1/2007
 
Its not a dead end. Depends on what your MOS (your job) is. For instance, I am a Human Rescource Specialist, so I can get out and go into a Civilian job (maybe work on a military base if I want) and make twice as much as I do right now. Others, like Infantry men or Special Forces can get out and go into S.W.A.T or like... More
Answered By: cutejess1984 - 7/1/2007
 
I'm sorry, but I was unable to cross the chasm of logic that took Cheney's words and twisted them so far from reality. He did not say it was a dead end - those are only the words of a horse's rear end.
Answered By: Al du Butard - 7/1/2007
 
I think it depends on a person's situation. It seems like most people who join the military are from small towns, or poor inner cities, so their economic choices are limited. If you are talking about earning power, on average college is always a better choice than the military. However, there are some military jobs... More
Answered By: PHF A - 7/1/2007
 
That's not true. It all depends on what kind of job you get, what kind of skills you learn and what you do with yourself afterwards.
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Answered By: melaskinados - 7/1/2007
 
Cheney is a coward. He has no honor and lets face it he could have learned some weapons safety in the Marines, or the Army seeing how he shot one of his friends. But seriously the military like life is what you make of it. Me I am getting paid to go to college from the GI Bill. Further sense I stayed in as a guardsman... More
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Answered By: kenny f - 7/1/2007
 
Thats bull shit. The training I got and that everyone else got in my career field can get jobs working on aircraft at airports. I didn't because, I don't live by an airport, but I know a few of my friends did get good jobs.
Answered By: williewells1224 - 7/1/2007
 
he was correct anyone who dies shows that they had lost thir primary goal
Answered By: buttercup - 7/1/2007
 
You could not be more wrong! The military gives plenty of good training. Yes there are some jobs that are not geared for civilain jobs as you're thinking, but I know the CHP (California Highway Patrol) pays prior service people more starting out than they do for someone off the street, and that is the job that will... More
Answered By: Just me - 7/1/2007
 
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