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Monday, May 09, 2005

U.S. Military Recruitment Down

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(Hat Tip: Counter Column)

(NEWSWEEK) In case anyone still doesn't understand that recruiting is now the toughest job in the Army, the service missed its April goal by 42 percent. It was the third month in a row that the active-duty recruiting mission was not accomplished.

Worse, the Pentagon was counting on absorbing a decent share of some 27,000 service members that the Air Force and Navy are letting go this year as part of Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld's grand realignment plan.

Operation Blue to Green—trading blue service uniforms for Army green—this year was expected to turn 3,500 airmen and sailors into soldiers and help the military adjust to quick-deployment, land-based warfare.

Reasons for the low levels of recruitment are probably due to the fact that few people currently want to go in Iraq and risk death in a firefight with terrorists. Although the perks from the government can be rewarding, (college aid, increased pay, etc.) many young adults would probably enjoy fighting evil Jedi on a playstation than fighting insurgents terrorists in Iraq.

Although a smart move by the pentagon, converting airforce into infantry can be harder than it looks.
Sgt. Christopher Sayre, a former airman who recently went green, has met some resistance when he tries to lure old Air Force buddies. It's not so much the bonus money or old service rivalries. "Their concern is what they see going on over there [in Iraq] on TV," says Sayre, 29. "The Air Force isn't used to deploying as much, so they're more nervous."

Military recruitment levels will probably increase once another war breaks lose (and that may be sooner than we think).

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