'We call this the pressure plate, like on a land mine,' he said, pointing to the recruiter patch on his uniform. 'If you push it too hard, we'll explode.'"Not literally," she did not add. "It's not literally killing the recruiters, it's just destroying their morale. The only people who literally get killed are the recruits. That and whoever the recruits kill, I guess."
His wife, like spouses in California and elsewhere, is furious at what she sees as the Army's lack of support.
'What we are doing is good; recruiting is good and important work,' she said. 'But the fact of the matter is that it's killing our soldiers.'
Saturday, March 26, 2005
unfortunate ways of speaking metaphorically about a stressful job
From a story in the NYT on the hard time Army recruiters are having these days: