Thursday, November 01, 2007

In the army now

By Libby

In what has to be the understatement of the month, Gen. William S. Wallace, recruitment chief for the army said, "It's going to be another tough recruiting year." No kidding.

The Army began its recruiting year Oct. 1 with fewer signed up for basic training than in any year since it became an all-volunteer service in 1973, a top general said Wednesday. [...]

Making it even tougher is the decline in what the Army calls its delayed entry pool, which is the group of enlistees who have signed contracts to join the Army but want to wait before shipping off to basic training. Normally the Army tries to start its recruiting year with a delayed entry pool equal to about 25 percent of its full-year goal, which in this case would equate to 20,000 recruits.

Instead, the Army began with 7,392 recruits, or about 9 percent of its full-year goal.

Last year at this time the Army was beginning its recruiting year with 12,062, or about 15 percent.

The General remains optimistic that the recruiting goals can be met, even with the additional pressure of needing to increase the troop strength in order to alleviate the strain of extended deployments on our currently serving soldiers. I remain optimistic that I'm going to win big in the lottery tonight. Somehow, I think we're both going to end up disappointed.

I don't see how our 'wise leaders' expect to be able to maintain the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and open a new front in Iran without a draft. It seems to me that this is probably the only thing holding Bush back from pulling the trigger on Tehran and why we keep hearing estimates of late 2008 as the big date. Bush doesn't want to be the one to have to reinstate the program but he wants to force, what will almost surely be an incoming Democratic administration, into that impossible position.

As far as I can tell, completely destroying any semblence of stability in the Middle East is just collateral damage in Bush's singleminded quest to destroy his political opponents. Kucinich is right -- the man is crazy. In fact, he's a textbook sociopath and so is his Veep. Shouldn't we be able to simply them from office on those grounds?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You would think that even the most die hard supporters of the current "regime" can see how insanely illogical and dangerous all this is, but, no, they are blinded to anything but what sayeth Curious George. Go figure...

3:46:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It's damn scary Rocky.

5:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if anything "gives aid and comfort to the enemy" it's the fact that no one wants to join up for this thing.

10:34:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Sad but true Lester.

3:41:00 PM  

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