Friday, July 09, 2004

Some news from Wednesday which the General forgot to report.
. . .most reserve components were falling below their recruiting goals for the year.

As of May 31, the Army National Guard was reported at 88 percent, the Air National Guard at 93 percent and the Air Force Reserve at 91 percent of their goals.

"We're taxing our part-time soldiers, our Guard and Reserves nearly to the breaking point," said Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. "We have to be aware that the families back home are paying a significant price. We don't want to break the force."
Good Lord, the Congress is ready to throw billions at the army so it can raise permanent troop levels and the Pentagon still says no.

Some lawmakers are seeking a permanent increase in the size of the military. But Pentagon personnel chief David Chu said defense officials can make better use of those in the service by reorganizing brigades, making sure uniformed personnel are not performing jobs civilians could do and temporarily increasing troops levels with stop-loss and other devices.

"I really think you're wrong," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told Chu.
What in the world is going on here?


At 4:36 AM, Blogger Deleted said...

Channeling money to "private military contractors" takes precedence over anything else. Recruiting more soldiers, while cheaper than paying merc fees, fails to direct money to campaign donors.

A flood of soldiers coming home and telling combat stories could damage Bush's election chances, so it's better to keep them abroad. Plus, Rumsfeld read an MBA manual that explained how to boost productivity with organizational realignments.


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