It's a shame when you have to get good news regarding the US military from overseas. MSN supporting our troops, MY ASS
The Australian: US Army re-enlistment 'strong' [August 26, 2005]
: "HIGH re-enlistment rates in combat units that have served in Iraq shows the army is far from being a broken force despite a likely shortfall in recruiting, the US Army's chief of staff said today.
'I think we're a heck of a long way away from the breaking the army. It is a lot more resilient than people believe,' General Peter Schoomaker told reporters in Washington.
His comments came amid a chorus of criticism from members of Congress and retired military leaders that the longer than expected war in Iraq has strained the army to the breaking point, putting in question the viability of the all-volunteer force created after the Vietnam War.
General Schoomaker said the army probably will fall short of the active duty forces recruitment goal this year by about 2000, and he acknowledged that the recruiting climate is likely to remain tough next year as well.
But he said re-enlistment rates in the active duty force were exceeding requirements."