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Hack: recruiting's tanked — the draft's next

Retired Col. David H. Hackworth, still shooting from the sidelines at Soldiers for the Truth, says the recruiting numbers are far worse than anyone is hearing. Hack’s talking to the recruiters first-hand and the problem, no surprise, is in all branches of the military — Regular Army, Reserves and Guard. Recruiting is at half of expectations. They’ve lowered standards for recruits and have resulted to throwing LAN parties to garner interest from potential recruits.

Hack says a draft is imminent, as there is no way to replace the estimated 50,000 KIA, WIA and non-battle casualties from Iraq that have been sent back to the States.

We’ll soon have 150,000 U.S. troops stuck in the ever-expanding Iraqi quagmire, a number that will probably grow even larger before Iraq holds elections presently scheduled for the end of January ’05.

…The job of finding fresh bodies to keep our units topped off falls mainly to the Army Recruiting Command. But the “making-quota” jazz put out by the Recruiting Command and the Pentagon to hype their billion-dollar recruiting effort, with its huge TV expenditure and big expansion of recruiters during the past year, is pure unadulterated spin. Not that this is anything new. The Command has a sorry reputation for using smoke and mirrors to cover up poor performance.

“Hack, here’s a snapshot of how little of our 1st Quarter mission has been achieved,” says an Army recruiter. “Look at it from a perspective of a business releasing quarterly earnings information. To keep unit manning levels up out in the field, especially in Iraq, there’s no question our recruiting mission is in serious trouble.”

“These are totals for the 41 USAREC (Recruiting Command) Battalions, so these stats represent the USAREC mission accomplishment:

Regular Army Volume (all RA contracts):

Mission: 25,322

Achieved: 12,703 (50.17 percent)

Army Reserve Volume:

Mission: 7,373

Achieved: 3,206 (43.48 percent).”

The Army National Guard is faring no better. A Guard retention NCO says: “The word is out on the streets of Washington, D.C. `Do not join the Guard.’ I see these words echoing right across the U.S.A.”

By the end of this recruiting year, the Regular Army, Reserves and Guard could fall short more than 50 percent of its projected requirement, or about 60,000 new soldiers. And according to many recruiters, quality recruits are giving way to mental midgets who have a hard time telling their left foot from their right.

Shades of our last years in Vietnam.

…Moms and dads are outraged about desperate Army recruiters on a relentless campaign to sign up their teenagers. High-school kids are actually running away from recruiters like they were George Romero’s living dead.

“Recruiters have called my son a minimum of 20 times in the two years since he finished high school,” a dad reports. “The phone calls usually come in clusters. I answered five calls in a two- or three-week span. Each time a recruiter calls, he receives the same polite, respectful response from me or my son … no interest, and please take the name off the list. When asked why the name hasn’t been removed, excuses are made. While recruiters are brief with me, when my son is on the phone, the sales tactics are clever, prolonged and very high-pressure.”

…Unless a miracle happens and the new Iraqi security force decides to stop running and start fighting, we’ll be in Iraq for a long time. Most likely with a draftee force.

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Actual Freeper Quotesâ„? about Hack’s article:

“I fear Col. Hackworth has gone over to the dark side. Please explain to me how wrong I am….and why.”

“Oh shut up, Hack! Shut up.”

“You’re not wrong. Hack’s been off his game for well over a decade, now. He’s great as far as soldier advocacy issues, because he does seem to care about troops and what they’re going through. The problem is he’s just clueless as to what warfighting has become, and his insights on operational matters have been wrong since the 1991 Gulf War. Now he’s riding his fame into the dirt, and making a joke out of himself.”

“He’s nuts. Things are really bad over there, no doubt about that, but the Iraqi government is just now getting its feet on the ground. Recent large-scale operations involving both American and Iraqi forces should have been sending the wake-up signal that we’re closer to the light at the end of the tunnel.”

“Benedict Arnold and John Kerry were decorated war veterans as well. Doesn’t mean they’re infallible and can’t be called on the carpet for their asinine conduct.”

“I don’t mind Hackworth’s opinion, what bugs me is that he acts like such a pu$$y when he gives it.”

“Have you not noticed that the man is no longer on FNC? During Afghanistan, Hackworth was on all the time. now…never. I don’t think they trust his opinion either.”

“Guess he noticed how popular John McCain and Ariana Huffington got by turning against conservatives.”

“You’re not wrong. Hack joined up with Darth Clinton a long while back.”

“Hack must be smoking too much dope again.”

“Hack likes wearing that stinky black turtleneck on the MSM TV shows. He noticed he gets called when he’s slamming the military, and ignored when he doesn’t. It’s Pavlovian.”

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