While doomsayers bemoan America’s ongoing war in Afghanistan, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center may have turned up a brilliant silver lining.
Thanks to desperate recruiting methods required to staff those wars, the U.S. Marines may be turning military service into a male sexual fantasy land, where recruits are paid actual money to cohabitate with drunk, stoned, horny teenage girls.
UCSF scientists tested and surveyed 2,157 female U.S. Marine recruits — out of 2,288 possible respondents — with an average age of 19. Researchers found that the young women were more than twice as likely as non-military young women to be infected with venereal diseases. And the recruits were prone to engage in behaviors likely to get them sick again.
The sexually-precocious female recruits “perceived that sex is more likely and enjoyable under the influence of alcohol, and were heavy alcohol and drug users before recruit training entry,” according to a November 2008 UCSF study titled “Relationships among Sociodemographic Markers, Behavioral Risk, and sexually transmitted infections in U.S. Female Marine Corps Recruits.”
In 2005 a Colorado high school journalist named David McSwane showed that military recruiters were willing to help him cheat drug tests and falsify academic records so he could qualify to join the military. Stories since then have suggested the armed forces have become even more desperate, venturing far and wide for recruits willing to enter dangerous battle zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Apparently, that means finding and signing up girls with low self esteem.
The Marines seemed to find their most sexually adventurous female recruits in rural areas, where a disproportionate number of them whiled away their high school years having drunken, stoned, unprotected sex, according to the UCSF report.
“Young women enter recruit training for the military with high levels of STIs [sexually transmitted infections] and increased risk for acquisition of STIs including sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs, sex with a risky partner, and infrequent condom use,” the UCSF study said.
This is great news for randy young men weighing a career in the Marines — as long as they’re fastidious about wearing rubbers.