This is coolbert:
The News Hour this evening has a short but interesting discussion about the current state of the U.S. Army.
The feeling is that the army is near the breaking point. Forces stretched too thin, repeated and lengthened deployments to Iraq, not enough dwell time, NOT enough troops for contingencies, etc.
Statistics that startle:
* Three times as many moral waivers are being given to recruits as were given out only three years ago. Waivers for repeated misdemeanor violations or a single felony conviction. Normally, pre-2003, any misdemeanor or felony would have been a bar against enlistment.
* More troops than ever are being allowed to enlist WITHOUT A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. AND, OF THOSE WITHOUT A DIPLOMA, HALF [50 %] DO NOT EVEN COMPLETE BASIC TRAINING!!
[consider that a $40,000 signing bonus is now being offered to persons willing to enlist!!]
President Bush has promised - - NOW - - NOT to extend anymore deployments to Iraq beyond a 12 month period!
This all sounds bad. Iraq is a millstone around the neck that cannot be gotten rid of?