|Originally posted by ChrisMcCarthy
Actually the military IS AT CAPACITY AND GETTING MORE APPLICANTS THAN IT HAS RECRUIT SPOTS. The SENATE will have to increase military size before this is an issue. (Strange that 2 DEMOCRAT senators are trying to do this.)
<heavy sigh> No less than Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau which oversees 460,000 members of the Air and Army National Guard notes that recruiting is already being affected. For example, the Guard had set a goal of 56,000 recruits for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, but is likely to end up with about 51,000. It would be the first time since 1994 that the Guard has missed its signup goal.
The stories are similar for the Regular Services. Some soldiers are not reporting for duty when they receive their recall notices, and not re-upping at previous rates. The Army is thinking of shortening combat tours from 12 months to 7 in hopes of stopping the bleeding.
A Pentagon-appointed panel of outside experts, the Defense Science Board, has concluded in a new study that the American military does not have sufficient forces to sustain current and anticipated operations. And you wonder why they're talking about a draft?
Of course, if you get your news from FOX, you would be blissfully ignorant of these things, as you've shown. Thanks for making my point.