It's the WAR, stupid(s)!
On misreporting the recruitment crisis:
From Jonathan Whiten:
A Problem of How to Best Wage War
Sloppy Reporting on Recruitment Resistance
As the War in Iraq drags on and more and more lives are lost, another ‘problem’ with the military has caught the eye of the press – lack of recruitment. But the majority of mainstream news reports are dismissing the failure of military recruitment, often pinning it on parental fears. Yet if the press could begin to connect the dots, we would be hearing about how the recruiting ‘problems’ are related to a growing antiwar sentiment in America.