You can go here and see the decline of Active Military Personnel, I would post it all here, but it is all in .PDF, also the total number includes
people sitting around at a desk, not directly invovled in combat. I'm not saying they do not contribute, but they are not in harms way. The average
age of a soldier in Iraq is around 27 years old. I have seen conflicting reports on this, The average age of a soldier KIA is 25. Could you imagine
being killed, or have a close one killed before they are 26 years old? Suicides have risen :
There were at least 24 suicides among U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait last year, according to the Army's count. That number may increase because the
circumstances of some other deaths are still in doubt.
That equates to a suicide rate of 17.3 per 100,000 soldiers, compared with a rate of 12.8 for the Army as a whole in 2003 and an average rate of 11.9
for the Army during the 1995-2002 period, according to officials familiar with the mental health study. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
The 24 suicides do not include soldiers who killed themselves after returning to the United States.
The overall U.S. civilian suicide rate during 2001 was 10.7 per 100,000, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S.
civilian rate for the 18-34 age group, which is the age range of most soldiers, is 21.5 per 100,000. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This comes to an increase of 5.4 per 100,000 in one year. This is an increase of about 41% since 2002.
About 30 percent of the 3,664 Individual Ready Reserve soldiers who have been called to active duty failed to report for mobilization, an Army Reserve
The soldiers submitted papers for a “delay and exemption” process, claiming personal and professional matters that prevent them from showing
up.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
1 in 3 failed to report, and this is in just five mobilization stations nationwide.
On July 21, 2003 the total deaths in Iraq jumped over the total Killed during the Entire Gulf War. Hear we are a year and 3 months later and the
number has risen drastically.
Soldiers themselves returning from Iraq do not agree with this war
From the same site:
STRATFORD — A serviceman, apparently distraught over the prospect of being sent back to the war in Iraq, threatened to kill himself as he stood naked
and screaming outside his house.
Seekrof, I have the utmost respect for you, all of your knowledge and contributions to this site. But I think this is more of a matter of pricipal
than uttering off numbers. This is NOT what the US Military is. I do not think it is a matter of serving the US as a Proud Soldier, but rather serving
someone elses desires at the cost of their very life. The Troops in Iraq are not there because of an Imment Threat, or a clear and present danger. And
if you believe so, then why are we not in Iran and North Korea? They present a more clear and present danger to the US as well as the rest of the
world than Iraq would ever have. So this argument does not hold up well with me.
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ)
“We should not sacrifice the security and safety of our communities when we confront threats abroad,” said Lautenberg. “It’s important to bolster our
military capabilities both here and abroad, but we shouldn’t do so at the expense of our domestic ability to respond to terrorist attacks, natural
disasters, and other emergencies.”
“Not surprisingly, many police, fire, rescue, emergency medical service, and emergency hazardous material disposal personnel serve in the National
Guard and Reserves. More and more of these men and women are being called up for longer and longer tours of active duty, especially now that the war
with Iraq has begun,”
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
These reservists are a backbone to the First Responders in the US, we take from one and give to the other, yet we are still going to be down 1
I am also looking at the perspective of American Youth. To me it seems that 18 and 19 year olds, who are among the most targeted in recruitment, have
a severe disdain for Law and Order Now than 12 years ago, when I was 18.
To me it seems that Families have been suffering so much financially that both parents have to work to make ends meet. This leaves a kid without any
Obtainable sense of Morals. I speak from experience, I am not saying that these are horrible parents, but something does become lost. I do not think
many are jumping up at the chance to fight for George Bush, but would for the United States, there is a difference.
Again this is just my opinion.