Sunday, March 16, 2008

The State of the Army

This US Army Captain is leaving the service because it is not taking care of its members. Even if we could afford the costs of war or could observe progress moving at lively pace, which some on the right will argue, we certainly cannot maintain a reasonable level of preparedness with the dysfunction described in this piece. If the young officers keep leaving a the time when our military is most in need of qualified leaders, we will fail more and more in our objectives.

One thing that left me unsatisfied with this bit from the Outlook section was the omission by the writer, or perhaps an editor, of any further stories from the conflict. Granted, the piece was not so much about the situation on the ground in Iraq as it was with his frustrations with the Army as an institution. However, it would have been nice to read more about what informed his opinions about the value of remaining in the rotation in this war.


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