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More at Source: Army's middle ranks are dwindling
Such experienced leaders are a steadying force -- but many of them are quitting, in search of their own stability in civilian life.
They had been skilled helicopter technicians with the 82nd Airborne Division and, not yet 30, just the sort of noncommissioned officers needed to train the 65,000 new soldiers President Bush has ordered to expand the short-handed force over the next six years.
But the Ashbys are among the midcareer leaders the Army is having the most trouble holding on to — those torn between finishing a fight and raising a family. In this case, the Army lost twice: Bradford Ashby left in October, his wife the year before, because they didn't want to watch the children they plan to have grow up on video.
Originally posted by xpert11
Not everything is Bush fault.