In One Eye

Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Uncle Sam wants you.
Even after reducing its recruiting target for May, the Army missed it by about 25 percent, Army officials said on Tuesday. The shortfall would have been even bigger had the Army stuck to its original goal for the month.

On Friday, the Army is expected to announce that it met only 75 percent of its recruiting goal for May, the fourth consecutive monthly shortfall in the number of new recruits sent to basic training. Just over 5,000 new recruits entered boot camp in May.

But the news could have appeared worse. Early last month, the Army, with no public notice, lowered its long-stated May goal to 6,700 recruits from 8,050. Compared with the original target, the Army achieved only 62.6 percent of its goal for the month.
So the data is actually worse than first appears.

In the fantasyland of the Bushies, this is really nothing to be alarmed about. Just as they urged people to go about their business as orange alerts were called as regularly as sunrises, so we'll keep fighting a war with the Rumsfeldian-led army which, more and more, we don't have.