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Senator Chuck Hagel, a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2008, was surprisingly critical of the president while speaking on ABC's 'This Week.' Hagel, who received two Purple Hearts for his service in Vietnam, seemed particularly angry about reports the Pentagon was planning to have American troops remaining in Iraq for another four years.
Hagel directly challenged the Bush administration when he added, ''stay the course' is not a policy. By any standard, when you analyze 2 1/2 years in Iraq ... we're not winning,' he said.
'I don't know where he's going to get these troops,' Hagel said. 'There won't be any National Guard left ... no Army Reserve left ... there is no way America is going to have 100,000 troops in Iraq, nor should it, in four years.'
By Michael Kilian
Published August 11, 2005
WASHINGTON -- The active duty Army met its recruiting goal in July but its reserve component and the Army National Guard again failed to reach their targets, according to a Pentagon report released Wednesday.
With two months to go, the Army's goal of signing up 80,000 recruits by the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30 will likely not be met.
For this fiscal year, as of July 31, the active duty Army was able to enlist only 55,207 of the 62,385 new soldiers it had sought for the period.
Though the summer has traditionally been a time of improved recruiting results for the service--with potential recruits finishing high school and looking forward to careers or ways to finance college--it seems doubtful that the gap between 55,207 and 80,000 can be closed in just two months.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Military recruitment quotas were met for July and are on schedule to meet the recruitment quotas for August.
Again in July, there were numerous actions against recruitment
centers, and it seems to be having an impact. Military officials have
lowered their quotas in the face of the falling numbers.
Even after reducing its target for May, the Army missed its recruiting goal by about 25 percent, according to the New York Times.
Currently, there are 499,000 active duty Army troops, backed up by 700,000 National Guard and Army reservists. That's a third less than when the U.S. fought its last big war in the Persian Gulf, in 1991;
130,000 Army troops are in Iraq. Pentagon officials had hoped to reduce that number, but the ongoing insurgency prevented it; 9,000 Army troops are in Afghanistan; 3,000 help keep the peace in Bosnia, as do 37,000 in South Korea.
as posted by marg
Life in the recruiter field is not a very healthy one.
Originally posted by marg6043
....they are soldiers and they actually are the ones with the worst position in the military as now.
The list of personnel, weaponry and program cuts during the Clinton years is nothing short of startling:
• In real terms, the defense budget declined by nearly 35% during the 1990s.
• The Department of Defense cut more than 1,000,000 personnel during the 1990s.
• During the 1990s, the number of Army divisions declined from 28 to 15.
• During the 1990s, the U.S. Air Force declined from 39 tactical air wings to just 20.
• At the end of the 1980s, the U.S. Navy has over 550 ships, including 15 aircraft carriers. By 2000, those numbers had declined to 346 and 12 respectively.
In 1992, the U.S. defense budget was $298 bullion. In 2000, it was $294 billion a huge decrease in real terms.
These cuts were made in the name of, as Ted Kennedy likes to say, “the peace dividend.” It was thought that because the Cold War was over, America no longer faced global threats. President Clinton, speaking before the Democratic National Convention in 2000, declared that America faced “no great external threat.”