Can Someone Explain These, Please
Questions for some of our commenters:
All services are basically meeting their recruitment goals, which are seasonally adjusted. [At least, this is what the Pentagon's DefenseLink.mil says every month.]
Supposedly, all services are also basically meeting their enlisted retention goals.
If, in fact, this is indeed the case, why is it necessary to call up, involuntarily, the Individual Ready Reserve [IRR], as described on this blog and elsewhere?
We understand that junior Army officers (Lieutenants and Captains) are getting burned out from frequently deployments; many are leaving the service at historically high rates, just when they are at the point where their substantial combat experience makes them extremely valuable to the Army, and to our nation, for decades to come.
The Army is trying to offer bonuses, etc., but is not really in a position to make a serious commitment to, say, reducing deployment frequency to two years at home for every year away. [We commend Army leadership for refusing to make any commitment they cannot keep; it's more honest that way.]
If, in fact, this is indeed the case, how do those who aspire to national civilian political leadership, and their supporters, plan to deal with this? Don't they see any national leadership responsibility to set a good example for the rest of us?