Nation: Too Few Men

Some Marine recruiters will sign up almost anyone

THE MARINES ARE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN. So says the recruiting motto for America's elite fighting force. But since the draft was abolished in 1973, the Marines, as well as the other branches of the U.S. armed forces, have been having considerable difficulty filling their ranks. As a result, a Senate armed services subcommittee was told last week, some Marine recruiters sign up criminals, illiterates, men who are physically unfit —almost anyone who walks through the recruiting-office door.

Former Sergeant Donald Robinette described how recruiters in...

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