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UNM grants “hunting licenses” to military recruiters

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Well, one more recruit won’t be enough, but certainly no single recruit will make the difference between having enough and not having enough, so…  The sorites problem: you know you shouldn’t, but they offer you a heap of money to join.

A decade after banning military recruiters from campus, the University of Northern Maine has begun issuing visitation permits allowing recruiters to speak with college seniors about post-graduation plans.  The ban was initially enacted in opposition to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, but was reconsidered after DADT officially ended last September.

In what’s come as a surprise to many, the UNM philosophy department officially supports the move, citing the desire to help its majors find employment after graduation.  While traditionally the department limited its efforts to helping majors gain admission to graduate programs, in recent years the department has encouraged its majors to consider other career paths.

“We knew there was a problem when papers started showing up talking about ‘the applications paradox’ instead of ‘the lottery paradox,'” explains Alan Pittman.  He’s referring to the question of why someone applying to a graduate philosophy program can know they’ve been rejected after receiving a rejection letter but not before, given that the probability a rejection letter was sent by mistake is greater than the probability, before receiving such a letter, that an applicant will be accepted by a given program.

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April 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm