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It's getting harder to Join/stay in the Army

By May 24, 2012

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In sharp contrast to the peak years of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Army last year took in no recruits with misconduct convictions or drug or alcohol issues, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. And soldiers already serving on active duty now must meet tougher standards to stay on for further tours in uniform, according to an Army Times article.

The Army is also spending hundreds of thousands of dollars less in bonuses to attract recruits or entice soldiers to remain.

May 29, 2012 at 4:10 am
(1) ann says:

This no room mate or actually having personnal space idea is a very good idea but it’s 2012 and it is deffinately not implimented in all the army in garrison TRUST ME!!! I have a roommate right now, no divider or nothin, but at least we have seperate beds.

Schofield Barracks HI
25th ID.

May 29, 2012 at 11:27 am
(2) Mike Andriani says:

The plan is to first “break the Army” to pay for our social programs; so of course there is no effort to retain experienced, combat veterans with bonuses or other inducements.

May 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm
(3) SSGChester says:

Honestly, do you think the military is the “net” for all those who are unemployed?
Sorry, back to the 30/70 created by Regan and implemented by Daddy Bush before Desert Storm.
Bush and Company LOWERED the standards for enlistments because they knew if they had a DRAFT the American public would not go along with them.
Bush did the following: Cut Taxes, INCREASED SPENDING, lowered the interest rates, and DOUBLED the national debt.
Now comes the time where the extra troops aren’t needed.
And the American people have to pay off that debt and still want social programs. Just like after the Civil War, WWl, WW2, Korea, Nam, and the Cold War…..
Sorry Charlies, like the man said, in times of peace, “Soldiers and Dogs keep Off the Grass!”

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