Friday, September 30, 2005

Army in worst recruiting slump in decades

Army in worst recruiting slump in decades


Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Army is closing the books on one of the leanest recruiting years since it became an all-volunteer service three decades ago, missing its enlistment target by the largest margin since 1979 and raising questions about its plans for growth.

Many in Congress believe the Army needs to get bigger - perhaps by 50,000 soldiers over its current 1 million - in order to meet its many overseas commitments, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army already is on a path to add 30,000 soldiers, but even that will be hard to achieve if recruiters cannot persuade more to join the service.

Officials insist the slump is not a crisis.

Michael O'Hanlon, a defense analyst at the Brookings Institution think tank, said the recruiting shortfall this year does not matter greatly - for now.

"The bad news is that any shortfall shows how hard it would be to increase the Army's size by 50,000 or more as many of us think appropriate," O'Hanlon said. "We appear to have waited too long to try."

The Army has not published official figures yet, but it apparently finished the 12-month counting period that ends Friday with about 73,000 recruits. Its goal was 80,000. A gap of 7,000 enlistees would be the largest - in absolute number as well as in percentage terms - since 1979, according to Army records.


Gee, where could we find ideologically committed, able-bodied young men and women to make up for this recruiting shortfall?

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It's a shame they are too busy fighting the "battle of ideas" to fight the "global war on terror."


At 30 September, 2005 15:37, Blogger Karl said...

And the MSM is ignoring this obvious solution!

At 30 September, 2005 18:09, Blogger Vaughn said...



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