…and still no Surbers in sight.
Even after reducing its recruiting target for May, the Army missed it by about 25 percent, Army officials said on Tuesday. The shortfall would have been even bigger had the Army stuck to its original goal for the month.
On Friday, the Army is expected to announce that it met only 75 percent of its recruiting goal for May, the fourth consecutive monthly shortfall in the number of new recruits sent to basic training. Just over 5,000 new recruits entered boot camp in May.
But the news could have appeared worse. Early last month, the Army, with no public notice, lowered its long-stated May goal to 6,700 recruits from 8,050. Compared with the original target, the Army achieved only 62.6 percent of its goal for the month.
Army officials defended the shift on Tuesday, saying it was not uncommon to change monthly goals at midyear. They said that the latest change reflected the reality that the Army was not going to meet its May goal, and that it made more sense to shift some of that quota to the summer months, traditionally a better season for recruiters to attract new high school graduates.
To help offset the recruiting shortfalls, the Army is also trying to keep more soldiers. A memorandum from the Army’s top personnel officer last month outlined a plan to reduce attrition among first-term enlistees by 1 percent, and retain 3,000 soldiers.
The memorandum, first reported last week by The Wall Street Journal, requires the approval of more senior-level brigade commanders, instead of battalion commanders, to discharge soldiers for pregnancy, drug or alcohol abuse, or poor fitness.
Jesus. Two months from now they’re going to be apologizing to Lyndie England and offering her a bonus.
…and speaking of bonuses, here’s your Why The Party Doesn’t Miss Don Surber moment of dumbassitude:
Appointing Dr. Howard Dean as its chief yahoo is a sign that it is about to hit rock bottom. In San Francisco, Dean let loose on anyone who dares to disagree:
Republicans are “a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same. They all look the same. It’s pretty much a white Christian party.”
Hmm. Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Alberto Gonzales, Carlos Gutierrez, Elaine Chao, Norman Mineta and Alphonso Jackson might disagree.
I think that Norman Mineta might disagree but for different reasons.