Reducing Drug Trafficking in the United States

Our government/military can stop or reduce drug trafficking in the United States. There is a solution that can be used to keep drugs out of our country and that solution is to hire discharged and retired military personnel to man our Mexican boarders. We’ve got a huge number of discharged and retired military personnel that are highly trained to operate in a capacity to restore our country. Currently, the U.S. Border Patrol employs over 20,200 agents who are specifically responsible for patrolling the Mexican and Canadian borders at the same time. The number of illegal drug traffickers caught dropped from 1.2 million in 2005 to 541,000 in 2009. If we can hire discharged and retired military personnel we can cover more miles and save our country billions of dollars.

Running Head: Should the government recruit discharged and retired military personnel to reduce drug trafficking?3 RESEARCH PROPOSAL According to the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy, “Today’s problems are the result of yesterday’s solutions” (Kilgour 1998). In a number of countries, drug trafficking has become a worldwide problem that can be won through military interventions. In addition to reducing supply and demand, the United States are taking actions to establish new drug reduction strategies and programs to combat the illicit manufacturing and drug trafficking involved in the U.S. (National Drug Control Strategy (U.S.) 1998).

My research paper will provide information, solutions and results to eliminate or restrict the harmful acts upon our countryAs of October 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics figure, the national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent. In order to ratify this massive unemployment on the United States-Mexican and Canadian borders we the federal government should hire discharged and retired military personnel to undertake patrol duties to reduce and/or eliminate trans-border drug trafficking. I believe reaching beyond current criminal justice strategies and hiring veterans is a step in the right direction. Current statistics from the Department of Labor states, the unemployment rate for veterans younger than 24 was 4.1 percent in 2008.

As of today approximately 1 out of every 5 veterans under 25 is unemployed (Rangel 2011). In the recent unemployment epidemic, the Obama administration has taken action to encourage the hiring of former service members including the Returning Heroes and the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), which can benefit our country if we hire discharged and retired military personnel. One reason for encouraging this approach is that these programs are focused on helping soldiers and civilians find jobs after they have retired or left the service (Washington 2003). Efforts from these programs played an important factor across America’s southern borders which has slowed dramatically in the recent years and isn’t quite problematic as it once was.

Running Head: Should the government recruit discharged and retired military personnel to reduce drug trafficking?4 The research approach used in this data is to determine whether we the federal government should hire discharged and retired military personnel to undertake patrol duties to reduce and/or eliminate trans-border drug trafficking on the United States-Mexican and Canadian borders in order to ratify a massive unemployment rate. According to Rangel (2011) statistics found that there is a high unemployment rate among our military personnel with skills that can be used by our government to man the U.S. borders. Recent studies have presented facts demonstrating the approaches to take effect in the near future vs. programs that are not productive for our country.

There are several programs available for discharged and retired military personnel that are being organized to help our U.S. government to employ and protect our country. This research paper basically will demonstrate the importance of hiring able military personnel to govern our borders and identify the need to minimize the unemployment rate of our skilled veterans. In this research proposal, the following statistics will be studied in hopes that our government will consider hiring discharged and retired military personnel to undertake patrol duties to reduce and/or eliminate trans-border drug trafficking on the United States-Mexican and Canadian borders in order to ratify a massive unemployment rate.

References ACAP EXPANDING TO HELP ARMY PERSONNEL. (2003, January). Army Reserve Magazine, 49(3), 4-5. Retrieved November 27, 2011, from Career and Technical Education. (Document ID: 574627241).

CPB.gov. U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. 2008-08-22. http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/border_security/border_patrol/border_patrol_ohs/overview.xml. Retrieved 2009-06-01

Cooper, S. (2011, November 11). Soldiers fight for America; they shouldn't have to fight for a job. Retrieved from http://todaysworkplace.org

Jackson, D. (2011). Obama pitches 'returning heroes tax credit'. USAToday. Retrieved from http://content.usatoday.com

Kilgour, D. (1998, August 9-12). "Drugs, criminal justice and social policy: New alternatives for an old problem". Retrieved from http://www.david-kilgour.com

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Note: I need a rough draft and final research paper by 12/05/2011. Thanks