Have you been worried about our Army’s ability to sustain military actions in the face of falling numbers of recruits?
Well, something interesting has happened–while the MSM (mainstream media) has been camped out in Crawford with only Mother Sheehan to make the place tolerable, the Army’s recruitment numbers are looking dramatically better.
“[M]y nomination for the ‘Greatest Story Never Told’ is a quieter one [than Sheehan or even the drafting of Iraq’s constitution],” writes military expert Ralph Peters. “Locked in a difficult war, the U.S. Army is exceeding its re-enlistment and first-time enlistment goals. Has anybody mentioned that to you?
“Remember last spring, when the Army’s recruitment efforts fell short for a few months? The media’s glee would have made you confuse the New York Times and Air America.
“When the Army attempted to explain that enlistments are cyclical and numbers dip at certain times of the year, the media ignored it. All that mattered was the wonderful news that the Army couldn’t find enough soldiers. We were warned, in oh-so-solemn tones, that our military was headed for a train wreck.
“Now, as the fiscal year nears an end, the Army’s numbers look great. Especially in combat units and Iraq, soldiers are re-enlisting at record levels. And you don’t hear a whisper about it from the ‘mainstream media.'”