Saturday, June 04, 2005

The man that wrote the following is a retired Air Force officer and veteran of both the war in Vietnam and the first Gulf1. He has a son who is doing his second tour in Iraq. He is co-founder of, “Americans for Shared Sacrifice” (Jack)

Even Military.com is GETTING DESPERATE.

Army Dad doesn't know if it is their editorial staff's idea of A JOKE or not but beside this article from UPI on Army Facing Looming Recruiting Crisis are several LINKS to military recruitment advertisements.

You have to give it to the right-wing NUTS, and YES MEN AND WOMEN in this Chain of Command. They sure as heck know how to go down with their INCOMPETENT-IN-CHIEF.

NOW, let's continue to ENSURE they take as few Troops with them as possible. Army Dad.

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,FL_recruiting_060305,00.html?ESRC=eb.nl

Army Faces Looming Recruiting Crisis United Press International June 3, 2005 WASHINGTON - Embroiled in scandal and facing rising death tolls in Iraq, U.S. Army recruiters are facing serious challenges as they attempt to reach their goal of 80,000 new recruits by October.

"What we have is a recruiting problem," said Charles Pena, director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute. "The question is whether or not it becomes a recruiting crisis."

Defense Department figures at the end of April showed that 35,926 recruits had signed up this fiscal year, which began last Oct. 1. This gives recruiters four months to sign up another 44,000 to meet their goal. Even worse is the number of reserves. Statistics show that 7,283 reserves have signed up. The goal is for 22,175 by the end of the year.


Steadily rising U.S. casualties in Iraq, the recent allegations of prisoner mistreatment at Guantanamo Bay and the permanent stain of Abu Ghraib have all taken their toll on recruitment drives. And young men and women are not exactly banging down recruiting-station doors to join the army.

Army Dad sure wishes the biased media would get it right. Just because of a "few bad apples" running the Chain of Command is no excuse for military recruiters to not be making their monthly quotas. They just are not looking in the right places. Look at it this way. If the No Child's Behind Left Behind Act gives Military Recruiters (and Selective Service oops, I wasn't suppose to say THAT) access to students, names, addresses, and phone numbers at schools that get federal aid, then what is wrong with that group that supported George W. Bush and his administration's policies the most (the Republican National Committee) giving the Pentagon access to the names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone on their mailing list, especially those who went to the Republican National Convention and wore Band-Aid Purple Hearts Now certainly they would drag their kids kicking and screaming to the recruiting-station and bang the doors down to join the army and marines.

PAYBACK IS WHOLESOME IS IT NOT OUR CHICKEN-HAWK BROTHERS AND SISTERS. BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO FORCE "YOU" TO EITHER BRING OUR CHILDREN HOME FROM "YOUR WAR" OR LEAVE NO CHICKEN-HAWK'S CHILD'S BEHIND BEHIND. WHY YOU MAY ASK?

The Financial Times reported Wednesday that since the invasion of Afghanistan was launched in the winter of 2001 U.S. armed forces have suffered more than 1,800 deaths, more than 1,600 of them in Iraq since March 2003. Another 13,000 have been wounded, including 6,600 so badly that they were unable to return to duty.

Last month 77 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq -- the highest toll since 107 were killed in January. Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, a military spokesman, said Iraqi insurgents carry out approximately 70 attacks per day. The chances of U.S. military personnel being killed or seriously wounded is reaching rates not seen since the Vietnam War.

NOT SEEN SINCE THE VIETNAM WAR! NOW WE KNOW THAT MANY OF
YOU CHICKEN-HAWKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISLE IN CONGRESS WHO WANT TO STAY THE COURSE IN IRAQ DON'T HAVE THE SLIGHTEST IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS NOR CARE. BUT HOPEFULLY SENDING MORE OF YOUR LOVED ONE'S IN HARMS WAY WILL EDUCATE YOU. ARMY DAD.

"The problem with Army recruitment now is that, unlike in peacetime, the Army is not an opportunity to benefit yourself in terms of advancing education or starting a career," said Pena. "Now people understand that joining the Army could mean getting shipped to Iraq and potentially getting killed."
The pressure on recruiters is becoming increasingly intense, Pena said, as soldiers retire or do not re-up their service.

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Maj. Gen. Michael Rochelle, head of army recruitment, suspended recruiting nationwide for a day last month to emphasize ethical conduct when signing up new recruits.

At least 90 investigations are pending about recruiters who have allegedly used unethical and sometimes threatening measures to fulfill quotas of at least two new recruits each month.

Those measures allegedly include helping recruits pass drug tests and forge fake high school diplomas.

"The army is in a huge bind," said Pena. "Any truth in those allegations shows just how desperate they are. And In Iraq, it's a situation there that at best is treading water."

In a news conference at the Pentagon May 21 Rochelle said reaching recruiting goals even under the best of circumstances is challenging. "Today's conditions represent the most challenging conditions we have seen in recruiting in my 33 years in this uniform," he said. A significant part of the challenge, Pena said, is that the United States is not technically a nation at war. "This is not like World War II in that the country is still split on this war -- there just aren't all those volunteers."

Whether the Army can fulfill its recruiting goals will depend on the efforts of its 7,500 recruiters nationwide. "The reality is that it is going to be hard to get out of Iraq," said Pena. "We're on the verge of a recruiting crisis -- we'll just have to see how it all unfolds this summer."

NOW HERE COMES THE PUNCH LINE - ARMY DAD ARE YOU READY FOR THIS. ANOTHER LEFT - WING MEDIA OUTLET TRYING TO SCARE US WITH - OH MY = THE DRAFT

The Bush administration appears determined to try and keep the hot-button issue of reinstating some form of national selective service off the political table at least until after the 2006 midterm elections.

Now that is the "first time" Army Dad has ever heard THAT projection by any media source. BUT yep one could rationally say that waiting until AFTER the 2006 midterm elections to hit the ignorant right-wingers with THE DRAFT sounds par for the course with the NEO-CONS. That's Bush's modus operandi (or Karl Rove's). Have the Congress solidly in ultra-right-wing Republican hands then implement THE DRAFT on Bush's terms. ARMY DAD.

But military experts warn that the drain on the Army's limited manpower pool caused by the unanticipated complications of Iraq are so great and so open-ended in their nature that the administration may be forced to confront the issue at some point before the November 2008 presidential election.

So THE DRAFT is gonna happen sometime between the November 2006 and November 2008 elections? Army Dad passionately recommends not even waiting for the 2006 elections to HIT THE STREETS IN PROTEST TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!

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