Yes, according to our fearless leader, the military is strong. So strong in fact that it is meeting all of its recruitment goals and retention goals. How?
That is a very good question, considering the lousy reputation the armed forces has sustained under Bush, how exactly are we recruiting people and keeping people in the military?
I was reading surveyors article, and wanted to get some more information on the local troop that was killed. I couldn't find it. Not a word. But, I did find this interesting story from the same day. It provides yet another example of the lengths our military will go to keep up appearances. I wouldn't be surprised to see this fella in downtown Baghdad for speaking out against Rumsfeld.
Picture by Arthur Steel
Soldier called back to duty on day before retirement
Sunday October 15, 2006
LINDENHURST, Ill. (AP) An Army staff sergeant was days away from retirement after a 20-year military career when he was ordered to return to his unit, which will be deployed to Iraq at the end of the month.
James Engle applied for retirement in January and later received a retirement award from the Army during a ceremony in Texas. On Sept. 20 he was told paperwork was missing and he should report to his unit, the 1st Cavalry Division.
Late last month, the Army denied his retirement request along with a request to exempt him from his unit's deployment saying it was ``neither compelling nor compassionate enough in nature,'' even though a military retirement counselor had scheduled his Army release for Sept. 21.
``I feel like I'm twisting in the wind,'' Engle said. ``I keep being told that there has been a big, huge mistake. Well, this big, huge mistake has turned my life completely around.''
His request was denied and the military transferred him to Fort Hood, Texas. Engle's wife, Claudia, and two children decided to stay in Lindenhurst, located 40 miles northwest of Chicago.
``If they would have said two months ago, we need you, I would have understood,'' Engle said. ``But to do this to me and my family one day before I was going to move home is especially cruel.''
Our military is good and truly F**ked. It will take a generation to fix this problem - thanks GWB.