Being all that you can be........posted by Ron Beasley at 2/21/2005 11:24:00 AM
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Army Having Difficulty Meeting Goals In Recruiting
The active-duty Army is in danger of failing to meet its recruiting goals, and is beginning to suffer from manpower strains like those that have dropped the National Guard and Reserves below full strength, according to Army figures and interviews with senior officers .Not me or my son dubya:
For the first time since 2001, the Army began the fiscal year in October with only 18.4 percent of the year's target of 80,000 active-duty recruits already in the pipeline. That amounts to less than half of last year's figure and falls well below the Army's goal of 25 percent.
Yet Army officials see worrisome signs that young American men and women -- and their parents -- are growing wary of military service, largely because of the Iraq conflict.Mean while the neo-cons in the Bush administration continue to rattle their sabers so it's not too surprising that, as Brilliant at Breakfast reports, the Selective Service is gearing up, as Iran increasingly looks like a target.