The Army football team attempted to woo high school recruits with alcohol and women, according to a report in The Colorado Spring Gazette (via Deadspin).
Documents obtained by the paper state that recruits were offered "an alcohol-fueled party, a dinner date with female cadets, cash from boosters and VIP treatment on a party bus complete with cheerleaders and a police escort." Some of the recruits allegedly drank as many as seven drinks in 90 minutes.
This is one of those stories where the headline kind of grabs you, but in reality, it's a non-story. Oh, the young men that are being trained to be soldiers and play football are subject to women and booze? Just like every other red blooded American male? Incredible. Mind. Blown. What did they people think they were luring them with? Stories about missing limbs and PTSD? You know the type of men that aren't swoon by cute girls and overconsumption of beer? The type of men that pass out from blood loss due to a paper cut. These men aren't joining the priesthood. They are being trained to go to war. I fail to see how a fun night on a party bus is counter productive to that. There probably won't be anymore alcohol fueled romps in the foxholes. Let these kids live while they have chance.
I know we hold members of the military to a higher standard. They are extremely glorified in our eyes. They should be. At the end of the day, however, they are still just college kids. Why would we expect any different from them? I wouldn't trust a bunch of asexual straight edge kids to fight for our country. We would be third world in a heartbeat. I'm not high maintenance or anything, but I do enjoy having shoes on my feet.
This is like expecting your therapist to not have any life problems. Those problems make her (or him) a better therapist. Gives them life experience. A couple of ragers with the Army volleyball team do the same for our cadets. These young men very well may end up overseas spending a lot of time alone with nothing but their own thoughts. They are going to need that life experience to keep them from going insane. Something to look back on and cherish. Everyone needs a a few moments for the ol', literal and figurative, spank bank. It's not like they hired a bus full of hookers. I'm sure the females of Army don't mind a little co-ed mingling. Probably enjoy an apple-tini or two as well.
P.S. Laugh out loud funny that this writer thinks 7 drinks in 90 minutes is some devastating realization. Everyone has one of those nights in college. How is your all girls alma mater doing in football this year, Alex? Be less of a pussy for me one time dude.