Posted on Aug 15, 2016
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I was doing some reading on attrition rates in the military, and I came across the following article which states that one in four service members receives a less than honorable discharge, and one in three separate before their enlistment is up. Is this true? I haven't been able to find any other stats on this topic. http://www.alternet.org/story/62945/top_military_recruitment_lies
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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I only know of two out of my old unit that failed to fulfill his enlistment, one was a medical discharge, and the other was jailed for CSC and commited suicide by drowning.
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This link seems to cite notable periodical references, but by no means seems legit. I agree with some of the accuracy, but data must be backed by reliable sources, not periodicals (i.e. New York Times). It comes across as a well-written blog, however, the working group that the former Secretary of Defense commissioned way back in the early 2000s did note that on the average 17% of the military become careerists for enlisted. It's not a life for everyone and the bottom line is that they military is 100% voluntary and no one will make sign the dotted line. The choice is yours.
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MSG Pat Colby
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The stats come off as legit but as you get towards the end of the article you find this Gem.....

From the article ~

"As recent statistics demonstrate, there are limits to how far Bush and the neocons can go with their plan for global hegemony when the resources for it are running dangerously low. Fortunately, the peace movement is in a position to further diminish those resources. If we apply ourselves to countering military recruitment, it is in our power to both limit the government's capacity to wage new wars and build a stronger base to challenge the nation's spending priorities. Simply put, counterrecruitment is a strategic and effective way to challenge the pro-war, anti-education priorities of our government."
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I definitely disagree with their tactics (obviously), but it's hard to ignore areas where our modern military could use improvement. While we are an all volunteer force, perhaps we could implement strategies for retaining a significant portion of those who would otherwise be discharged, saving precious resources for use in combat readiness and technological development.
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