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Wearing Out America’s Warriors – by Ralph Peters

October 16, 2009


Wearing Out America’s Warriors

Last Updated: 5:08 AM, October 16, 2009

Ralph Peters

THANKS to a mix of patriotism and high unemployment, every one of our military services exceeded its recruiting goals for fiscal year 2009.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that, after eight years of indecisive war and ravaged personal lives, the Army’s losing the experienced officers and NCOs it needs to train and lead those new recruits.

The Army’s tough. But after years of voices crying wolf for political purposes, there’s real trouble looming on the personnel front. I joined a broken Army after Vietnam. I don’t want to see an Army resembling that one again.

Yes, we have volunteers today and Vietnam was fought with a draft. But Nam was one year in-country and a Freedom-Bird flight home (in WWII, most soldiers served less than a year in a combat zone). Only a hard core of career officers and NCOs served repeated tours — and they had more time between deployments than today’s leaders.

They were the men who stayed in uniform to repair the damage. Had we lost them, we wouldn’t have had the Army that won Desert Storm.

With no end in sight and an indecisive government unwilling to make tough choices, we’re in danger of burning out our best — the men and women we’ll need for tomorrow’s wars.

A new RAND Corp. study, obtained in draft by Government Executive Magazine, runs the numbers: The Army has already logged more than 1 million “troop years” in Iraq and Afghanistan (equivalent to one soldier deployed for a year a million times).

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  1. carterthewriter permalink
    October 16, 2009 12:54 PM

    One time, we stood tall, but once the politicians got involved, that is no long the case because most of them are unscrupulous cowards. Even under attack from Glen Beck, they choose to be subvertive as they are with every other American who questions them openly.

    The open hostility shown by Al Gore in his latest press debacle reminded me of his debate with Bush when he wanted to charge the man.

    What is the purpose of the Pentagon when all has to be decided in the White House by these loons whose own hometown is a battlefield. If their skills as community organizers have that result, how can they be trusted to run the military, I ask.

  2. Steve permalink
    October 17, 2009 7:19 AM

    Again, if the government would allow the military to do their job and not micro manage it the war would be over. Rules of Engadgement only retstrain our use of force, which is the only thing the enemy understands. Look what happened to Iran during Operation Praying Mantis. The U.S. Navy destroyed the Iranian Navy in 72 hours. All their ships were either sunk or on fire at the end of the ‘Tanker Wars’.

    The leftist only seek to demoralize the military and keep them from doing their job. A few weeks ago the Sec. of the Navy said his primary goal was to open submarine service to women, not to hunt down pirates, not to deny use of the seas by terrorists, or to blockade Iran (Like that would happen anyway). Again government needs to get out of the way.


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