Is the Volunteer Army Shrinking?

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With the Reserves and National Guard below strength already, the active-duty Army may fail to meet its goal of 80,000 new recruits during the fiscal year that began last October. Only 18% have signed up so far, less than half last year's figure. It appears that young men and women are being scared off by continued combat in the very place where they're needed most, Iraq. Enlistees are being rushed into training as quickly as possible and prospective recruits are being offered financial incentives. Will that be enough? Do "stop loss" orders and recalls amount to a backdoor draft? We examine whether America will have the troops it needs for Iraq, the war on terror, and homeland security with journalists, analysts and experts from the Center for Research on Military Organization and the Brookings Institution, and a spokesperson for the Army.
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Reuters' article on naming of Ibrahim Jaafari as Iraqi Prime Minister

BBC profile on Jaafari

US Army recruiting

Individual Ready Reserve

National Guard

Tyson's article on Army's difficulty in meeting recruiting goals

Minuteman Project

Lomonaco's article on activists' clashing over migrants



Warren Olney