Saturday, September 18, 2010

I may have mentioned…

…that I hate what they've done to my Army.
A 350-page report issued in July after a 15-month investigation into the Army's rising suicide rate found that levels of illegal drug use and criminal activity have reached record highs, while the number of disciplinary actions and forced discharges were at record lows.
The brass seem to put the bulk of the blame on our misadventure in Iraq. For once, I think the brass are on to something.

Afghanistan ain't helping, either.

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Blogger Demeur said...

You need to realize that in order to keep a staffed military recruiters made exceptions to the criminal background checks. The standards have been lowered and stop loss is resulting in three four and five deployments. As a comparison Vietnam required only a one year deployment. I can only wonder what a human can endure under those circumstances?

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

The pinheads in Congress who voted to abdicate their responsibility to formerly declare war, and gave the former president cart blanche to even the score with a "guy who tried to kill my dad", should have had the guts to do the necessary thing, after six months of the invasion: bring back the draft.

Congressman Jim McDermott considered it, to his credit. The notion that it violates someone's rights is less important than the fact that, without it, those in the armed forces are asked to do more than they should. Inevitably, many of them break from the results of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

The story, about two months ago, of a soldier in the Midwest, who came back, and after giving no evidence that he was at risk - worked as an instructor at a shooting range - killed himself and his family (wife, child and even the two dogs), makes one angry at the toll the unecessary invasion of Iraq has taken.

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