Correction of the Day
from the New York Times: For the Record, International
An article on Friday [March 21] about the near-autonomy that Army and Marine captains have in the Iraq war described the rank of captain incorrectly and misidentified the type of bonus that captains may receive if they continue beyond their initial commitment. Captains are officers who are commissioned, not enlisted, and therefore they receive retention bonuses, not re-enlistment bonuses.OYE Comment
All Americans need to acknowledge the debt they owe to Army and Marine Captains, among other servicemembers, for their sacrifices in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is essential to the security of our country that the pressure of deployments, etc., be eased. Their combat and other experiences cannot be replicated and should be retained for the benefit of future Soldiers and Marines they lead. It would be a national tragedy if even more of them decided, for legitimate reasons, that they can't do it any more and it's someone else's turn.