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Hollowed out: US Army
fights brain drain

BBC News [UK], by Tara McKelvey

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 3/29/2013 7:48:10 AM

During and after the Iraq war, many Army officers left because of the US military´s gruelling pace. Now, officials are struggling with the consequences. It is a March morning, cold and bright. The air smells like freshly mown grass at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, just outside Washington DC. Inside a classroom in an old school, a red-brick building on Belvoir Road, blinds are pulled shut to keep out the sun. The classroom is filled with Iraq veterans, including Capt Jason Allen, a 31-year-old engineer with pale blue eyes and a boyish face. He once looked for homemade bombs on roads in

What an idiotic piece! Where did she get the notion that "many Army officers left because of the US military´s gruelling pace." What has helped in large part to cause this problem is Barack Obama´s penchant to promote those who kiss his butt, show obviously faked concern for the troops and their families, and--oh, you know the rest.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/29/2013 8:00:50 AM     (No. 9249434)

The next thing we´ll hear is Homeland Security buying IED´s to put on roads to redneck neighborhoods,so these guys might have a job down the road afterall.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: smoolie, 3/29/2013 8:11:49 AM     (No. 9249453)

Nobody spent three years in Viet Nam? Might want to do some fact checking.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 3/29/2013 8:33:56 AM     (No. 9249501)

Many future leaders left the Army (and in large, the military), not because of the grueling pace (please), but because they saw the writing on the wall; that our military is run by perfumed princes, who instead of getting down to the business of war, are more interested in PC nonsense, setting themselves up for lucrative jobs in the defense sector after retirement, or are too busy banging reporters.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Cherrybark, 3/29/2013 8:44:50 AM     (No. 9249523)

#3 nails it. It started with the "meals on wheels" military with Clinton and continued to today´s "don´t hurt the bad guys or their feelings".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 3/29/2013 8:59:46 AM     (No. 9249555)

My brother, a former JAG left because the US military is all Affirmative Action all the time.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: turninggrey, 3/29/2013 9:16:24 AM     (No. 9249593)

#3 got it. This is, after all, the plan. The capable leave leaving the bulk of the military in a "Atlas Shrugged" situation with very few capable folks holding the whole thing together. Then they leave.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: joew9, 3/29/2013 9:24:40 AM     (No. 9249604)

Every time I´ve seen any company I´ve worked for pare down, it has always created a situation where many decided to bale before they got pared. And the ones that can bale the quickest are the most skilled. Leaving behind a less capable work force. I even saw one company announce it was going to reduce the force and so many of their best quit that instead of letting anyone go they had to go on a hiring spree.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TX_blanke, 3/29/2013 9:33:57 AM     (No. 9249620)

There is a simple answer to all of these "problems". Bring back the draft or require 2 years of service to your country from ALL 18-20 year olds that are here (illegals too). That would solve a whole host of problems, from burn-out to immigration.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: kafir091101, 3/29/2013 10:05:00 AM     (No. 9249682)

#2: I agree. My brother did 3 tours in country.

First as a grunt draftee in the bush with a few months as a Tunnel Rat. Has the snake bites on his forearms to prove it.

Second as a Huey Crew Chief spraying Agent Orange and making several excursions into Cambodia ferrying SOF teams.

Third as a welder at Cam Ranh Bay repairing Cargo Transfer Barges one mile off shore as they took on water.

Many of the senior NCOs and Pilots he served with were on their second/third tours.

The difference was in Nam, they volunteered to return while most all of today´s re-deployments are non-voluntary.

#3: Exactly correct, Sir!

I agree with some points in the article but I see a lot of Schadenfreude in this BBC article.

In the US military, when the ´Cream of the Crop´ leaves, the next inline always step forward and grow to become the ´New Cream of the Crop´.

Been there, done that (62-70).

I´m not worried about the Rank and File. My worry is about the Perfumed Princes and Arse Kissers that will suck and slime their way to the top to become general officers.

But with Obama and Hagel and Dempsey at the top, who´s to worry!


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Reply 10 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 3/29/2013 10:53:24 AM     (No. 9249769)

#8, how does bringing back the stupid draft solve the problem of officer and NCO retention, pray tell?

Yeah, let´s have national involuntary servitude to solve a problem that has nothing to do with 18-20 year olds.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: DaveFromTampa, 3/29/2013 11:17:49 AM     (No. 9249816)

Have a close friend who is a Major in the Marines. He says he will likely be passed over for promotion again and be pushed out. He says almost no white men are being promoted at his level.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: the Other Guy, 3/29/2013 11:38:45 AM     (No. 9249837)

The draft will never again be a viable option in this country. Far too many current and future males of draft age would defie the call and a plethora of pond scum ACLU lawyers would orgasm over the opportunity to defend every one of them. A host of anti-war peacenik groups led by Cindy Sheehan would emerge. And basic training in all branches of the military would be woefully ineffective due to the exponential rise of PC constraints imposed when unwilling draftees began their inevidable whining. God bless the current and future volunteers, they are all we have and will have.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: a6bump, 3/29/2013 11:45:06 AM     (No. 9249844)

I´m a MAJ in the Army. Priorities are training on prevention of sexual harassment, sexual assault, equal opportunity, etc. It ain´t pretty; it´s getting worse.

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