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WAR: Internal Army Memo Regarding New Recruiting Guidelines

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posted on Jun, 3 2005 @ 08:41 PM
American Military recruiters are facing a pronounced, prolonged shortage of candidates, and now the Army is taking some steps to try to combat that trend. An internal memo received by senior commanders lays out some new procedures to aid in retention and recruitment. Battalion commanders must now get approval from their superiors when they want to wash someone out.
Asked what the new policy meant, John Pike from the thinktank said: "It means there is a war on. They need all the soldiers they can get. But it is a dilemma. You need good soldiers more in wartime than peacetime."

The latest controversy comes amid a growing recruitment and retention crisis in the US military. Last month the army announced that it was 6,659 soldiers short of its recruitment targets for the year so far. On Wednesday, the department of defence withheld the latest figures, a move seen by most commentators as heralding more bad news.

The military's target is 80,000 new recruits this year, but the army only managed 73% of its target in February, 68% in March and 57% in April, forcing the expansion of a pilot programme offering 15-month active duty enlistments, rather than the usual four years.

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They continue to offer more incentives, greater benefits, less time in, lower standards, and it hasn't helped nearly enough. The fact is, people are not entirely trusting of their government's motivations, and they won't fight for someone they don't trust. The US draws most recruits from the minority and poor populations, and those two groups have nothing but disdain for the policies of the current administration.

More and more guys are leaving for private companies, where they can get many multiples of their salary. This forced the military to change its policy regarding specialists and others who want to leave. They are trying to stem the tide, holding their hands over the wound and such...

In recent months recruiters have suffered a couple of scandals in the press. There was the one instance where the kid was encouraged to lie and falsify documents, and in another a recruiter threatened a potential recruit with jail time if he didn't enlist. This sort of thing is evidence of desperation, pure and simple. My views on this issue are really very simple, if you are desperate, it's probably already too late.

posted on Jun, 5 2005 @ 03:04 AM
Here's an interesting article, not sure how many have read it. Snippet below taken from

Retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Krohn got himself in trouble with his superiors as a Pentagon civilian public affairs official during the first 3-1/2 years of the Bush administration by telling the truth. He is still at it in private life. He says not to blame the military recruiters for the current recruiting ''scandal.'' Blame the war.

''Army recruiting is in a death spiral, through no fault of the Army,'' Krohn told me. Always defending uniformed personnel, he resents hard-pressed recruiters being attacked for offering unauthorized benefits to make quotas. In a recent e-mail sent to friends (mostly retired military), Krohn complained that the ''Army is having to compensate for a problem of national scope.''

Here's another

Maj. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle, the Army's top recruiter, told The New York Times last week that the Army will likely begin the fiscal year in October with the fewest recruits ready for boot camp in at least a decade. He said that fewer than 10 percent of the approximately 80,000 new active-duty soldiers the Army needs next year are expected to be in the pipeline.

So, if I'm reading that right, we have less than 10% of the soldiers we need. Am I wrong?

That's not just a problem..that's a freakin' catastrophe.


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