So how good was this best year since 1997? While the Army met its nnumbers with a beefed up recruiting force, a host of new tre-enlistment bonuses, granting more waivers for criminal offenses, and slashing the wash-out rate in half, it still remains a force in trouble when viewed through the budgetary lens. The Army did not submit a budget by the Aug 15 deadline and is in extraordinary negotiations with the White House and OMB directly. Army says it needs about $23 billion more for '08 and at least $13 billion per year more. These are really big numbers, even by Defense budgeting standards. When we are finally out of Iraq, we will still be paying for it for years.