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Thread: Gates asks Bush for 92,000 more troops

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    Gates asks Bush for 92,000 more troops

    To meet its current recruiting goals, the Army has relaxed some standards, accepting more recruits who don't have a high school diploma or general equivalency degree, and allowing older men and women to join. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has also substantially increased enlistment bonuses and launched a multi million-dollar advertising campaign to draw more young people to the recruitment office.

    "I think it will be a hell of a challenge" to find 92,000 recruits, said Alan Gropman , a retired Air Force colonel who teaches at the National Defense University in Washington. "That's a very large number. It will be impossible if you don't raise pay and other benefits. But if we are going to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan, then we are going to need a bigger Army."

    Gates said yesterday that the expansion plan will begin with permanently adding 30,000 soldiers to the active-duty Army, currently numbering about 480,000, and adding 5,000 Marines, which currently number about 175,000.

    [url]http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2007/01/12/gates_calls_for_buildup_in_troops/[/url]

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    Guess Bush killed all the troops and now he needs more, maybe Bush can go out like Saddam

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]To meet its current recruiting goals, the Army has relaxed some standards, accepting more recruits who don't have a high school diploma or general equivalency degree.[/QUOTE]
    Awesome, which means the army could possibly get younger and dumber. Who needs educated soldiers anyways?

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    [QUOTE=RutgersJetFan]Awesome, which means the army could possibly get younger and dumber. Who needs educated soldiers anyways?[/QUOTE]

    That is ironic. You have to have a year in college or at least be out of HS 1 year to play in the NBA. I think that you have to have 2 years of college or at least be 20 to play in the NFL.

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    WSJ: 50 Active-Duty Officers To Deliver Petition Against Sur

    [url]http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2007/01/15/grumbling-in-the-ranks/[/url]

    Under the 1988 Military Whistleblower Protection Act, active duty military, National Guard, and Reservists may communicate with any member of Congress without fear of reprisal, even if copies of the communication are sent to others.

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