9 years ago
so i just got back from a robotics comp in waterloo canada. i started feeling sick the day we left . i have had a horrible sore throat since we got there and could barely swallow food. a was really hot all night even though the room was really cold and couldnt stay up past like 11 oclock. then on the way home im following my best friend adam down I-75 as he speeds past me his car hops about 2 inches off of the ground and he almost looses it. as im about to call him he turns on his hazards and we pull over. turns out he went to shift into 4th and dropped it into second. opps. he bent 2 on his piston rods or something but its under warenty so w/e.long story short i went to the docter yesterday and one blood test and 2 ass checks full of steriods later i have mono strepthroat and tonsilitis. hope you all are doing well since i have had little time to read your post let alone reply back...
9 years ago
No time for anything lately. if im not at robotics, im at work. if im not at work or robotics im at school. if im neither of those places im probably doing homework or sleeping ive been trying to keep up with everyone online but i believe ive fallen behind. in other news i have met the coolest girl in the world. i spent all day today with her. and robotics is going good to. im chassis team leader and i have to say it looks very nice. ill have some pictures of the milling a did on the side rails up here some time soon. and im looking to have pictures of the whole thing sometime. i love all of the skills i am learning there. its very cool to see what you can do with a little mechanical know-how and the right machines. hope everything is going good for those of you who i havent talked to in a while.
and thats nothing compared to what i can do. my advisor told me what he wanted to do with a complicated arm bracket. and left... i got it done, and even added in a nice lil touch, our logo in the middle.
but untill then, everyone stay safe and i hope i am able to check this soon.
9 years ago
By TIM KANE and MACKENZIE EAGLEN
THE PentagonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s announcement that all military branches reached or exceeded their active-duty recruiting
goals for fiscal year 2006 grabbed plenty of headlines. Small wonder. After all, it flouts the conventional
wisdom that our military is mired in an unpopular war. Recruiters must be looking under rocks and
bending standards to fill the ranks, right?
Wrong. Indeed, a study we conducted of the recruiting classes for all military branches in 1999 and from
2003 through 2005 puts the lie to the crass assumption that the United States is fielding a low-quality
A common misperception is that the ranks are increasingly filled with relatively uneducated young men
and women from low-income households. Yet this myth doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hold up under inspection.
Our study analyzed demographic data on every single enlistee, not just a sample, and found that in terms
of education, last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recruits were just as qualified as those of any recent year, and maybe the best
ever. Over all, wartime recruits since 1999 are in many respects comparable to the youth population on
the whole, except that they are on average a bit wealthier, much more likely to have graduated from high
school and more rural than their civilian peers.
As for the idea that the military poaches from poor families, the fact is that, as the conflict in Iraq
continues, youths from wealthy American ZIP codes are volunteering in ever higher numbers.
Additionally, enlistees from the poorest fifth of American neighborhoods fell nearly a full percentage point
over the last two years, to 13.7 percent. In 1999, that number was exactly 18 percent.
Yes, the Army has changed its standards Ã¢â‚¬' for example, our study found that 4.4 percent of Army recruits
received Category 4 scores (the lowest ranking) on the Armed Forces Qualifying Test. This is up from 2
percent in previous years, and has been widely touted as evidence of decline. Yet we also found that the
percentage of enlistees with Category 1 scores, the highest level, is rising.
More important than enlistee test scores is a comparison of military volunteers to their civilian peers. And
here there is no contest. Counting enlisted troops only, 29 of 30 have a high school diploma, compared to
about 4 out of 5 civilians. And the typical enlistee reads at a level roughly a full grade higher than other
young American adults.
Critics have also focused on the fact that age limits on recruits have been raised Ã¢â‚¬' the ArmyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s old
threshold of 35 has been changed to 42 for active-duty troops and to 40 for reserves. But this was simply
an acknowledgment of reality: older recruits today are much healthier on average than in previous
We also looked at a much-noted curiosity: Why were the years 1999 and 2004 harder for recruiting than
the others in our study? The answer, most experts agree, is a strong economy. Indeed, the Pentagon
always faces a challenge enlisting young people when jobs are plentiful. Thus the Army is crediting its
current recruiting success, in part, to significant cash bonuses and other financial perks. And thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the
way it should be: using market incentives for volunteers, not a draft of the less fortunate.
While achieving last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recruiting goals is a success, there is some cause for concern regarding future
recruitment and retention efforts Ã¢â‚¬' particularly in the National Guard and Reserves Ã¢â‚¬' if military
spending over all isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t increased. We feel that the ArmyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2008 budget proposal is $20 billion or more
below what it should be.
During a time of war abroad and prosperity at home, tens of thousands of young Americans remain
willing to make real sacrifices for the rest of us. Congress and the Pentagon should not shortchange them
on pay and benefits. The soldiers themselves might appreciate getting paid more of one other thing:
Respect, both for their intelligence and their decision to serve.
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