National Guard Falls 12 Percent of Recruiting Goal due to Iraq War

New York Times

Summary: National Guard Recruit Struggles


Filed at 5:09 a.m. ET

THE NUMBERS: Nationally, the Army Guard reached 88 percent of its goal of 56,000 recruits this year, signing up 49,210. Ohio was about 500 off its target; Iowa down about 130.

THE REASONS: Concerns about the war in Iraq and possible long overseas deployment; Pentagon orders that keep some soldiers from leaving active duty and going into the guard; and turnover among recruiters.

THE NEW INCENTIVES: More signing bonuses. Free hunting and fishing licenses. Pink T-shirts for female recruits.

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