Monday, November 19, 2007

5,000 Soldiers Deserted Army in 2007

And we're not even to Christmas yet.
NPR : Nearly 5,000 Soldiers Deserted Army in 2007:
by Nancy Mullane
November 19, 2007

Army desertion rates are up 80 percent since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. The actual numbers of deserters are still low — less than 1 percent of the entire force — but they show a steady increase over the past few years. The Army says nearly 5,000 soldiers deserted in 2007, a 42 percent increase from 2006.
42 percent more seems like a lot. Too bad those soldiers couldn't get into the Alabama Air Guard.



E_Man262 said...

It's about time we weed out these fools that thought they could just get a soft job in the military. They don't deserve to fight along side real soldiers. In the end it's less than a quarter of one percent of active personnel.

Mpeterson said...

It's about time we reinstitute the draft without exemptions so that every American will be forced to carry their share of the burden.

Thanks to globalization, a LOT of the people who sign up for the service these days do so because they can't get jobs where they live, or can't get the kind of education to get them the jobs that are available.

On the other hand, people deserting isn't the same as "we weed out these fools". I guarantee you their recruiters smiled and nodded and did whatever they had to do to meet their quotas.

Maybe your recruiter told you the truth e_man? That'd be a first.