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And I’m not talking about the billions and billions of dollars of equipment it’s burning up inNote the attempt at relating Iraq to Vietnam.
at a rate 10 or 15 times the rate its life cycle said it should be burned up at, but I’m also talking about when you have officers who have to hedge the truth, NCOs who have to hedge the truth. They start voting with their feet, as they did in Iraq , my war. They come home and they tell their wife they’ve got to go back for the third tour and the fourth tour and the wife says, uh-uh, or the husband says, uh-uh, and all of a sudden your military begins to unravel. Vietnam
Thirty-five percent of Army re-enlistments have come in combat zones, said Maj. Gerald Conway, who oversees retention policies for the Army.Now it's true that new enlistments are down this year, especially for some key support units that have traditionally been part of the US Army Reserves or National Guard. That will change as the Pentagon is moving more of these units back into the full-time Army and offering better salaries, wages and sign-on bonuses to its soldiers. I understand the enlistment rate picked up near the end of the yearly period after better remuneration was offered. More details at Strategy Page.