Another Bad Day

Tuesday, January 10, 2006
For al-Queada and its American useful idiots.

Many thanks and best wishes to those men and women who have chosen to serve.

45 comments:

terrye said...

Did they not take Murtha's advice?

MeaninglessHotAir said...

One boogeyman down, a million more to put up.

If you don't have any integrity whatsoever, couldn't care less about the discrepancies between what you argue one season or the next, why not just throw whatever s*** you can dig up, whether it makes sense or not?

markg8 said...

The Army chief, Gen. Peter Schoomaker said in Sept. that the Army is recruiting, or trying to recruit, 165,000 new soldiers every year - 80,000 for the active duty Army and 85,000 for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. According to your link the active duty Army beat their Dec. goal of 700 by 41. 741 isn't going to get them anywhere near 80,000 by the end of the fiscal year in Sept. even adjusting for the better recruiting months. What's more in the "who's volunteering" link they provide it says 180,000 young Americans enlist each year in the active duty Armed Forces. Divide it 4 ways between the services without even counting those that wash out and it's clear to me we have more work to do at Operation Yellow Elephant.

Remember when Zuzu said in "It's a Wonderful Life" every time a bell rings an angel gets it's wings? That's how I feel when I get a future Karl Rove, Dick Cheney or even Sam Alito to sign up. Thanks for the heads up Rick!

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Mark,

Why are you so hateful?

Rick Ballard said...

MHA,

You provided the answer above:

"If you don't have any integrity whatsoever, couldn't care less about the discrepancies between what you argue one season or the next, why not just throw whatever s*** you can dig up, whether it makes sense or not?"

Mark is a running sore - it isn't just politics, the rest of his life is the same way. He might generate a bit of pity were he not so contemptible.

Eric Blair said...

Mark apparently is confused about what year he's talking about. (Or maybe just confused, from what I can see.)

From this, we see for 2005
http://www.army.mil/recruitingandretention/

Salient points:
The active-duty Army gained 8,710 new Soldiers into its ranks in September, exceeding that month’s goal of 8,365 by 345. Fiscal year 2005 active-duty Army recruitment goals stood at 92 percent complete, with 73,373 new Soldiers joining the force. The mission goal was to recruit 80,000.
• The Army Reserve accessed 2,208 Soldiers into its ranks during September, exceeding its goal by 190 Soldiers. At the end of fiscal year 2005, the Reserves Army accessed 23,859 Soldiers, 84 percent of its mission goal of 28,485.
• The Army National Guard gained 6,048 Soldiers in September, 98 percent of its monthly goal of 6,148. A total of 50,219 Soldiers joined the Guard’s ranks by the end of the fiscal year, 80 percent of its recruitment goal of 63,002.


So, what can we say from this? Well, despite the negative drumbeat in the media, The Army nearly made its goals for new recruits, and in anycase, got 147,451 soldiers out of a desired 171,487, or 86%.

I feel this is more significant though:

The active-duty Army closed the fiscal year at 108 percent of its retention mission. The goal was to re-enlist 64,162 Soldiers and 69,512 Soldiers actually reenlisted.
• The Army Reserve closed out fiscal year 2005 at 102 percent of its retention mission, with 16,485 Soldiers reenlisting. The goal was to retain 16,248 Soldiers.
• The Army National Guard finished 2005 at 104 percent. The Guard reenlisted 33,804 Soldiers, surpassing its goal by 1,233.


The Reenlistments are above what the Army was actually looking for. So, as I think has been pointed out elsewhere, those that know, are continuing the mission.

Now if one googles "Army recruiting 2005", one will find lots of negative stories about it from May and June of 2005.

Curiously, no media outlets appear to have bothered to write anything after that.

I'd be curious to see recruiting trends by month for like, the last 20 years to see if there are seasonal issues as well.

markg8 said...

I guess it needs saying again. When given the choice between re-upping with a large bonus or the threat of being stoplossed with nothing to show for another year in the Army, many read the writing on the wall and re-up. Of course there's also the pressure of not letting your friends down. Then there's the Individual Ready Reserve and Inactive Reserve. They get called up too. Once again most troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are on their 2nd tours now and most of the same ones will be on their third later this year. An undue burden is being borne by these soldiers in the WOT that has now gone on longer than WW2.

Category IV recruits, the bottom of the barrel refilling the ranks,rose to an astonishing 12% in October. Since then the Army has refused to release the number except to acknowledge that the percentage was in "double digits" for November. Smart Republicans aren't signing up to be IED fodder for Bush's folly at any greater rate than smart Democrats. That says a whole lot about where this war is going. It's not going to be Bush, the Joint Chiefs, John Murtha or Cindy Sheehan who ends this war. It'll be the chickenhawks who refuse to go fight it.

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markg8 said...

The UK is having much the same recruiting problems as the US. Princes Harry and William to their credit have set an example by going to Sandhurst. Not so for Blair's kids, one of whom was found face down vomiting in a gutter a few years back if I recall. How about you chickenhawk? What's your excuse?

markg8 said...

Actually I'm still 49 Peety. Now tell us how old are you? What great military accomplishments do you have?
Your insults get uglier when that tiny little conscience of yours starts getting to you. So tell us, don't be afraid. Most, if not all of the people here have never served either.

markg8 said...

Still waiting Peety.

Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

Still waiting Peety.

Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

Still waiting Peety.

Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

Still waiting Peety.

Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

To hear how old are you and what great military accomplishments you have.

Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

Still waiting Peety.

Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

Not really. But I am still waiting.

Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

Yeah that's what I thought. Just another little chickenhawk. It's so easy to shut your kind up.

Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

Still waiting Peety.

Peter UK said...
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Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

Are you a college kid?

Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

C'mon Peety you know you want to tell.

Peter UK said...
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markg8 said...

Oh c'mon, you expect me to believe you had a sex change operation and they still wouldn't take you? Really?

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markg8 said...

Seriously Peety. I'm sorry, I didn't know. No wonder you deleted all those posts. That's quite some confession. Even if the medical doctors can't fix it you can still learn to accept yourself the way you are. You really ought to see a shrink. I think Roger Simon can recommend one, he's got 'em on retainer all over the planet doesn't he?

Peter UK said...

What is this phobia you have about the transgendered Markg8,are you prejudiced,or homophobic?
Why are you spouting hate speech,don't you know it is an offence to discriminate,after all are you not the impeccable liberal.What would the General think?

markg8 said...

I'm not sure what the general would think Peety. Should I invite him over?
I have to warn you though, he has many French fans who'd probably like to join him.

I truly feel sorry for you. What with the half finished surgery and all your life must be hell.

Peter UK said...

Markg8,you have this projection problem,don't be ashamed if you want to become a woman,If, from what you say, you are a pretty boy and you probably have the dresses it shouldn't be too hard.
After all you have no wife or girlfriend to disappoint...again.

So threatening me with some French mime artists are you,that should be interesting there is no first ammendment here.

markg8 said...

Back to the subject at hand. How old are you? What great military accomplishments do you have? What do you do for a living?

Peter UK said...

Markg8,
"How old are you? What great military accomplishments do you have? What do you do for a living?"

Ladies first Markie,so lets hear it from you.

Peter UK said...

Oh yes,what degree did you get Markg8? Don't be shy girl!

markg8 said...

I'm waiting Peety.

Peter UK said...

Markg8,What's a sweet little thing like you doing hanging about on dark street corner like this? Best hurry on home now.