Friday, July 30, 2010


…I still hate what they've done to my Army...
...the report said that the pace of constant deployments in two wars had forced a lowering of recruiting and retention standards. Many new recruits were granted waivers, it said, for behavior that would have kept them out of the service in earlier years. Of 80,403 waivers granted since 2004, the report found that 47,478 were granted to people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse, misdemeanor crime or “serious misconduct,” which it defined as felony.

At the same time, the report found that there was a decrease in soldiers forced to leave the Army for misconduct. “This has likely resulted in the retention of over 25,283 soldiers who would have otherwise been separated in previous years,” the report said.
I've never been fond of the "Army of one" campaign. Individuality isn't a particularly valuable trait in military life. When the Army works, it's all about uniformity, conformity, common effort toward a defined goal.

Saddled with a unit full of drunks and felons, though, I imagine some soldiers are better off sticking to themselves.

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Blogger Doug Stephens said...

It does seem bad, but the army has never, except during large and popular wars, been filled up with the cream of the population.

6:00 PM  

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