Missiles and Magnolias

The Institute for Southern Studies has just released Missiles and Magnolias, a major report showing that in almost every category -- bases, soldiers deployed, soldiers killed -- the South is carrying the biggest burden in Bush's War on Terr'. The South also has the highest concentration of war-hawks in Congress, and that "of the 16 states in the country where recruiters enlisted the greatest share of the state’s 17-24 year-old population, seven are in the South: Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, and North Carolina."

The institute has also come up with its own Harper's List of facts about the Pentagon's teen recruiting numbers:
Number of 16-25-year-olds in the Pentagon's military recruitment database: 30 million
Number of students that have opted out of the military recruitment database: 13,000
Percent of schools receiving No Child Left Behind Act funding that must give personal student information to the military unless student opts out: 100%
Annual military recruitment budget: $3 billion
Amount this represents per enlistee: $11,000
Percent of enlistees that don't receive funding for college: 66%
Minimum number of years new enlistees must serve: 8

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