U.S. Army “Spread Too Thin”? Asks For 30,000 More Troops

Our free media in a democracy has a downside sometimes.  Headlines like this can only embolden terrorists and enemies….

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The Army needs to add at least 30,000 active-duty soldiers to its ranks to fulfill its responsibilities around the world without becoming stretched dangerously thin, senior Army officials warn.

By Ann Scott Tyson
The Washington Post

“You can’t do what we’ve been tasked to do with the number of people we have,” Undersecretary of the Army Nelson Ford said in an interview last week. “You can see a point where it’s going to be very difficult to cope.”

Already, the Army lacks a strategic reserve of brigades trained and ready for major combat, officials said, and units being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are receiving new soldiers at the last minute, meaning they have insufficient time to train together before crossing into the war zone.

US Army personnel hold candles during a Christmas Eve church ... 
US Army personnel hold candles during a Christmas Eve church service on Forward Operating Base Bostick in eastern Afghanistan December 24, 2008.REUTERS/Bob Strong (AFGHANISTAN)

But the demand for soldiers extends beyond those countries, with the Pentagon creating new missions that require troops trained in cyber-warfare, homeland defense, intelligence-gathering and other areas, Ford said. “We have five to 10 new missions, and we are already stretched now.”

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