Tuesday, January 24, 2006

US Army Stretched to Breaking Point

Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a "thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.

Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency. He also suggested that the Pentagon's decision, announced in December, to begin reducing the force in Iraq this year was driven in part by a realization that the Army was overextended.

As evidence, Krepinevich points to the Army's 2005 recruiting slump — missing its recruiting goal for the first time since 1999 — and its decision to offer much bigger enlistment bonuses and other incentives.

"You really begin to wonder just how much stress and strain there is on the Army, how much longer it can continue," he said in an interview. He added that the Army is still a highly effective fighting force and is implementing a plan that will expand the number of combat brigades available for rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 136-page report represents a more sobering picture of the Army's condition than military officials offer in public. While not released publicly, a copy of the report was provided in response to an Associated Press inquiry.

Illustrating his level of concern about strain on the Army, Krepinevich titled one of his report's chapters,

He wrote that the Army is "in a race against time" to adjust to the demands of war "or risk `breaking' the force in the form of a catastrophic decline" in recruitment and re-enlistment.

-Associated Press

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10 Comments:

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    By Blogger Kierstyn Paulino, at 10:18 PM  

  • Army, maybe.......but we have to remember that we have 4 Branches of the services. If one is being stretched, we have 3 others to rely on : Marines, Navy, and Air force. Then of course there is always the Coast Gaurd and National Gaurd on the domestic front.

    Oh yeah, there are also people enlisting/recruiting everyday.

    So I have reason to believe that America is going to be FINE with regards to soldiers....
    -Kp

    By Blogger Kierstyn Paulino, at 10:22 PM  

  • Hmmm, I think the military needs more encouragement instead of saying the lines are running thin. The media is always down playing how much they are doing and that there are not enough new recruits etc. In the news you only hear about people like cindy sheehan and not about those who support them. Next month a whole bunch of guys I know are all deploying to Iraq. And there are still many more that can. I just hope it will end soon so that no more families have to loose loved ones, even if it is for a noble cause.

    By Blogger abby, at 12:56 PM  

  • also, I meant to ask you earlier, what is your username on genj? I was just curious...

    By Blogger abby, at 5:48 PM  

  • Kaitlin's question of the day for MVB that has absolutely nothing to do with what you posted about: How do you delete a comment? :-)

    By Blogger Kaitlin, at 7:21 PM  

  • On Gen-J, I'm MVP... Yeah, I'm sure you could have guessed that. :)

    By Blogger MVB, at 9:42 PM  

  • i never would have guessed that *thinks about how dumb that question was*.lol

    By Blogger abby, at 1:50 PM  

  • Hey Zach,

    Check this link out...

    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_012706/content/eib_interview.guest.html

    The Secretary of the Army, Dr. Francis J. Harvey explains how our army really stands.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:08 PM  

  • Mr. Anonymous entirely stole my thunder. I was listening to Rush yesterday and he had the Secretary of the Army on to explain that things were not nearly so bad as they were presented.

    By Blogger Rabenstrange, at 11:03 AM  

  • Mr. Anonymous??? I usually call Anonymous Mom... :)

    Thanks for the link, Mom!

    By Blogger MVB, at 7:07 PM  

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