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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:37 PM
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US Army seen reaching recruiting goal despite war
US Army seen reaching recruiting goal despite war
By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, which fell short in recruiting last year, made its 14th straight monthly goal in July and is expected to hit its 2006 target despite the Iraq war making recruiting harder, officials said on Thursday.

Jeff Spara, in charge of Army recruiting policy, denied the Army has been making its recruiting goals by taking lower-quality volunteers who previously might have been rejected, as some experts contend.

"It looks very good right now," Spara said of the active-duty Army reaching its goal of 80,000 new soldiers in fiscal 2006, which ends September 30. It fell about 7,000 recruits short of the same numerical goal in fiscal 2005.

Spara said it was "too close to call" whether the Army's part-time components, the National Guard and Reserve, will reach their 2006 targets. Both missed their July quotas and fell short last year.

(more)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060810/pl_nm/iraq_usa_recr...

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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:39 PM
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1. Are they figuring in the 40,000 deserters?
...that would put them a little farther behind, no?
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:40 PM
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2. Just before they announce "Making their goal" They adjust their goal
to be whatever they made.
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lindisfarne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:17 PM
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8. They also adjust their requirements-people are being accepted who wouldn't
have been 5 years ago.
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:24 PM
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9. That's true. Rummy is keeping the real numbers secret.
They were 7000 under last FY, they have NOT made up that shortfall, and recruiting is still a crisis.

At this point, you can't believe a word from Rummy's Pentagon.
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lamp_shade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:53 PM
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10. That was my first thought
I'd like to see a "Goal Report"... Qtr-by-qtr for the last... say... 10 years. I don't care about the "actuals" or the "variances"... I just want to see the "goals".
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TheLastMohican Donating Member (753 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:40 PM
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3. How many new Greenes they signed
who are there for the "killer rush"?
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muryan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:56 PM
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4. probably the same amount
that signed for WWI, WWII, korea, vietnam...
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Malva Zebrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:57 PM
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5. good for them. May they live a happy life in the service of George Bush
Their AWOL Commander in Chief. I can no longer support these "troops" who have signed up to kill and be killed in the service of this despicabal man, George Bush.

Have fun, you'all
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:01 PM
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6. It's true because the Army says so
Please.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:06 PM
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7. Unfortunate. They have enough fodder for cannon already.
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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:54 PM
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11. The goal the would like to have or the goal they had to go to war with?
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:17 PM
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12. Yes Sir! The Army knows how to get real men
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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:21 PM
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13. I have a question.
If they are meeting their goal, why are troops still pulling additional tours and being stop-lossed. :tinfoilhat:
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BeHereNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:39 PM
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14. Well considering the lack of employment that pays over min wage
This does not surprise me at all.
Especially if you factor in the point that
they are now accepting volunteers up to
42 years of age.
People have to eat and those who have
seen their jobs outsourced have families to feed.
They don't need a draft- it's been accomplished
through their economic devastation.

BHN
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