There is no freedom on earth for those who deny freedom to others. That is the essence that our Nation has been founded on and what our Military has fought to preserve. We as Auxiliary sisters need to make sure that these values are kept. Please go to your schools and encourage them to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day.
PleaseStand with us today! As a consequence, service members must go on multiple deployments as the attrition rate rises faster than recruitment, forcing too many units to rely on unfit, unstable, and unprepared service members who put themselves, their comrades, and our country at risk.
When the United States ended the draft after the war in Vietnam, many assumed that American citizens would raise their right hand, take the oath to protect the country, and serve in uniform out of a sense of patriotism.
After the Twin Towers were attacked by terrorists on September 11,this assumption was put to the test — and the result remains a disappointing reality as less than 1 percent of the U.
Despite the shortage of qualified and willing talent, wars in the Middle East and parts of Africa have placed demands on the military like never before, threatening morale, discipline and effectiveness. So what can be done? Will Congress bring back the draft?
Highly unlikely, and unlikely to work even if it did. The Department of Defense estimates that 71 percent of the roughly 34 million to year-olds in the United States today would fail to qualify based on the current enlistment criteria because of physical or mental health issues, low education scores, or negative background checks.
Among those who are qualified, many young people choose not to join or feel no obligation to serve in uniform. Inspiring a sense of patriotism in American children of all ages and walks of life is the best recruiting strategy for our future military and national defense.
The AMVETS Americanism Program is a patriotic program the organization offers schools and youth organizations as a resource for teaching children in kindergarten through 12th grade about their American heritage, civics and citizenship.
The program includes flag drawing, poster and essay contests that are grade specific and age appropriate. All school age children, K They may attend public, private, parochial schools or may be home schooled.
Participants may also come through any youth group such as Scouting or from Church Sunday schools. Students in kindergarten—1st grade can enter the Flag Drawing contest. Students in 2nd—5th grades can enter the Poster contest. Students in 6th—12th grades can enter the Essay Writing contest How does a child or young adult participate?
Teachers or youth group leaders hopefully will take the initiative to involve their students. The program addresses learning standards in civics and presents excellent topics for writing and art assignments, which teachers can incorporate into their classes.
Students whose teachers or schools are not participating in the program can still enter the contest specific to their grade as a take-home or after-school project. How do I enter?The American Legion Auxiliary of Ocean City recently announced the Ocean City Elementary School winners of the Americanism Essay Contest.
Pictured are first place winner Lydia Woodley (grade 3), second place winner Arusa Islam (grade 3), and third place winner Betul Yucel (grade 4). The services of the American Legion Auxiliary, directly and indirectly, touch the lives of all Americans, With the philosophy of "Service, not Self", the American Legion Auxiliary develops a strong spirit of volunteerism in its members, who have joined together in the fellowship of giving to others.
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American Legion Boys States and Boys Nation are two such Americanism programs. Others include American Legion Baseball, the High School Oratorical Contest, and the Junior Shooting Sports Program.
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