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Re-enlistments at "Record Levels"?

Reported by Melanie - January 26, 2005

Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) was a guest today on Your World w/Neil Cavuto. Paul, who will vote against Bush's most recent $80 billion Iraq funding request, appeared with Darrell Issa (R-CA) to discuss Iraq and funding for the war.

Toward the end of the discussion, Cavuto asked Paul whether he was sending a message to the troops that they will be vulnerable because Paul isn't supporting them.

Paul said no, he has heard from service men and women who don't want to go back to Iraq. He said people are leaving the military "in droves," they're "not re-upping," and the reserves are "in a mess" because of a lack of volunteers.

Interrupting, Neil Cavuto said: "But, sir, I'm hearing that re-enlistments are running at record levels, and people who have been there have exhausted it some are opting out but more are not. I wonder if we're looking at the same figures."

COMMENT:

I wonder too. Where DOES Cavuto get his information?

National Guard Falls Short in Hitting Troop Level Goals from today's LA Times:

WASHINGTON — Strained by ongoing military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, the National Guard has fallen nearly 15,000 troops short of its authorized level of 350,000, Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the guard, said Tuesday.

The guard, which had met its authorized numbers annually since 1989, has suffered shortfalls in recruitment since last fall; last month officials unveiled changes to keep the force stable. Blum said that with additional recruiting improvements and other steps, the personnel shortage could be corrected by September.

US military may face shortage of reserves
By Associated Press
, from yesterday's Boston Blobe:

WASHINGTON -- At the current pace of US deployments to Iraq, the Pentagon may be hard-pressed by next year to provide enough reserve combat troops suitable for the mission, judging from the military services' estimates of available manpower.

From WoodTV.com in Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 16, 2005: Military recruitment numbers up in West Michigan

Military recruitment is down across the country, and in most areas here in Michigan. However, local recruiters are having success at signing people up.


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