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Article questions Blue Angels purpose
A newly released article questions whether military teams like the Navy's Blue Angels, Air Force Thunderbirds, or the Army's Golden Knights influence people to join the military.
The article says the White House wants to trim $45 billion from the defense budget each year.
As a result of last year's sequestration the Blue Angels were grounded last year.
Now that they are flying again, the article wants to know if military teams influence people to join the military.
The article posted on Military.com is from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
It says in 2009, nearly $99 million were spent on the Blue Angels for things like gas, medical services, and housing.
We talked to some who say military teams like the Blue Angels are worth the money.
Flying at more than 700 miles per hour, being so close yet not touching, the Blue Angels fly over more than 11 million fans each year.
Jim Krien is visiting from Arkansas. He brought his family to watch the Blues Angels practice. He said, "The Blue Angels are the best of the best. We are going to watch them fly. Everyone wants to be a Navy pilot because of the Blue Angels."
Savannah Eades of Pensacola says the Blues are more than hometown heroes. "Not even just people in Pensacola. People around the United States know who the Blue Angels are. It definitely attracts a lot of people to come down here and be a Blue Angel and fly a Blue Angel."
In the article, military officials defend the teams as time-honored institutions that woo youngsters into uniforms, but some experts say there's no way to track whether the air shows lead to enlistment.
From the article it says defense spending on the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds are $70 million to $140 million each year.
Tyler Voges went with Jim Krien from Arkansas to watch the Blues. Voges says "It would be a good way to represent our country and give back to what everyone else has given us."
After seeing the Blues fly, would he want to join the Navy? Voges, "If I think it is really cool, it might interest me. I would go to military school, maybe."
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