With my estimable co-host on the issue of the Army using Spanish recruiting stickers – I also imagine that I’ll end up disagreeing with a lot of conservative bloggers on this issue.
See, here’s the thing – to me, it’s a smart recruiting idea to use Spanish language recruiting tools. Like it not, this country has a large group of individuals that speak Spanish as their first language, and English as their second. Since you can’t join the Army if you’re an illegal alien, then I don’t care what language is your first when you make the choice to defend your country.
The other reason that this is a total non-issue is because all of the military’s testing material is in English anyway, so it’s not like you could actually pass the exams or anything without a functional understanding of English.
Honestly, I don’t understand why people would care if the Army was recruiting in Spanish. Personally, I think it’s a great idea. The military has a proud history of giving opportunities to immigrants and their children, why should the modern generation be any different? The important thing to see when a young kid who speaks Spanish as his first language signs up for the Army isn’t a Hispanic kid, but rather a young American making the choice to serve his country, regardless of where his parents were born. I’d much rather be proud of that man for his decision to serve than get all upset because he doesn’t speak perfect English.