Nearing exhaustion from two ground wars and student-faculty-parental opposition, the Marine Corps is spending $800,000 every year for 12 junkets by high school teachers to Marines Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA. The Marines host teachers at Parris Island, SC, as well. (Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2012)
The Pentagon's annual public relations was $4.7 billion in 2009 alone, according to the AP, or about three-quarters of the Los Angeles public school district's entire annual budget ($6.3 billion). In an information war at home, the Marines have been defending against relentless counter-recruitment campaigns by parents and teachers for the past decade.