In One Eye

Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Here's the latest recruitment update:
The Army missed its recruiting goal in April, marking the third consecutive monthly shortfall ...

As of April 30 the Army had achieved only 85 percent of its target for the first five months of the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1 ...

Opinion surveys have indicated that a growing number of young people and their parents are wary of the Army's recruiting pitch at a time when soldiers in Iraq are killed and wounded virtually every day.
Golly, ya think that may have something to do with it? Might it be possible that prospective soldiers along with their parents aren't inspired by this foolish escapade as something that really protects the country's freedom?

Not to worry though.
Army spokesman Paul Boyce said officials believe that increases in the number of recruiters, as well as new advertising and publicity efforts, will produce a surge in recruiting this summer so that the Army can meet its full-year goal of 80,000 recruits by Sept. 30.

Boyce said big gains are expected this summer, and the Army is cautiously optimistic it will overcome the current recruiting deficit during a summer period that traditionally is a good period of recruiters.
Cripes, even the army's been infected by the Tinkerbelle mentality of the Bushies. It's possible that the situation in Iraq will change enough so that it won't be as threatening as it is now, but the thought of going to infernal Iraq when it's a mere 90 degrees in New York may not be as enticing as Mr. Boyce may think.