Actually, they should thank their lucky stars that all these new 'younger' ones are starting to take the emblems because it buys the Borg some desperately needed time.
So true Mary, but I'm not sure luck had much to do with it.
Not for one second do I doubt that the GB fudged the number of partakers to make it appear that there were new anointed on the scene. This published increase in numbers led to multiple statements in the magazines which implied that it was now acceptable for new ones to partake. These statements in the magazines in turn led to new ones partaking. And hey presto! The Society just created a whole new generation of anointed which they can plug right in to their shiny new "overlapping generation" doctrine.
Once the number of new partakers reaches a level deemed acceptable to the Society, the published numbers of partakers will level off and start its slow decline. The GB will move back to a hard line stance about new ones partaking, and will eventually point to the decline in the number of partakers as evidence of the nearness of the end......