So, I’m generally happy to see this Heritage report on the composition of the military, which—contra most draft boosters—finds that recruits don’t tend to come from poorer or lowers class backgrounds in some massively disproportionate way. But I found it a little puzzling that The Corner‘s K-Lo chose to quote the following excerpt from a Washington Times story on the study:
About 98 percent of all enlistees from 1999 to 2003 had a high school diploma, compared with 75 percent of nonrecruits nationwide.
“In an education context, rather than attracting underprivileged young Americans, the military seems to be attracting above-average Americans,” Mr. Kane wrote.
Umm, well, yeah… because you have to have a high school diploma (or GED, presumably the other two percent) to join the military. So why on earth would your respond to that number with the conclusion that the military “seems to be attracting above-average Americans,” like it’s some kind of surprising finding, as opposed to, you know, a freaking prerequisite.