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January 06, 2004
WHY IS IT HARD TO KEEP AMERICA'S SOLDIERS ENGAGED
I posted about this a while back. The Pentagon with the blessing of this administration are not letting men and women soldiers who have fulfilled their time and duty go home.
As this BBC article reports, that seems to take the "volunteer" out of volunteer military.
And this goes into lamest quote of the year territory:
Captain Tyrone Simms of the 1st Squadron, 2nd Armoured Division, told the BBC: "Morale right now is really high, but the extra money will definitely raise morale."
Most interesting though are the thoughtful public comments below the article. (Warning I only read the top six or seven, so if they get stupid after that, that's not what I'm talkng about).
The first is from an India(n) who said he wishes he could be a part of the coalition because they're doing a good thing. A comment later is from the wife of a soldier who thinks the treatment is dirty and the whole idea of the war seems to be dirty, but she supports the troops - as you might expect with her husband being one of them.
"This is the Pentagons way of dealing with the huge numbers of personnel who are planning on leaving the service because of this war. This thing gets dirtier and dirtier each day. God bless the troops!"
As I saw somewhere else yesterday, if the soldier violates the contract they signed, it's a criminal offense. If your country does it, well, you have to suck it up.
Wheres' the trust?