Chief Tango sends us a link from the Associated Press that reports more troops are being forced out of military service for misbehaving than they were at the height of the War Against Terror;
Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that the number of officers who left the Army due to misconduct more than tripled in the past three years. The number of enlisted soldiers forced out for drugs, alcohol, crimes and other misconduct shot up from about 5,600 in 2007, as the Iraq war peaked, to more than 11,000 last year.
The data reveals stark differences between the military services and underscores the strains that long, repeated deployments to the front lines have had on the Army’s soldiers and their leaders.
I’m not so sure about that. The media said for the longest time that military suicides were on the rise because of long and repeated deployments until they found out that most of the suicides hadn’t even deployed. So, I’m not so quick to believe this analysis. I’m thinking that the military, while it’s trying to obey it’s political masters by drawing down the numbers are less tolerant of bad behavior than they were during the height of the wars. I wonder how many of those 11,000 deployed even once.
They admit that bad behavior was the reason fewer sailors left the Navy than during the height of the wars;
When the decision was made to cut the size of the 370,000-strong naval force in 2004, the number of sailors who left due to misconduct and other behavior issues grew. In 2006, more than 8,400 sailors left due to conduct issues.
As the size of the Navy began to stabilize — it’s now at about 323,000 — the number of problem sailors leaving also began to decline steadily, dropping each successive year to a new low of about 3,700 in 2013.
So, it’s just bad guesses on the part of AP. There’s a couple of hundred thousand more troops who deployed and didn’t commit crimes, by the way. But, we should focus on the 1%, I guess.
Category: Military issues