October 7, 2012.
Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA
Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s
Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has
just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24
and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent
the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a
full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country.
On September 13, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security graduated its
first class of FEMA Corps first-responders. While the idea of having a
volunteer force of tens of thousands of volunteers scattered across the
country to aid in times of natural disasters sounds great, the details
and timing of this new government army is somewhat curious, if not