Josh White from the Washington Post calls "one of the most difficult recruiting environments in the history of the all-volunteer Army"?
Bucks. Plain and simple. Since late July, the Army has been offering recruits $20K to "ship quick" to basic training.
To exceed make the numbers, the Army spent $10,560,000 for the 528 men and women. If all of August's recruits took the quick-ship bonus, the Army spent $202,560,000 on bonuses alone.
That's a big piece of change. We seem to be spending a sh**-load of money on Iraq, a military excursion which we weren't backed into but rather chose.
I'm not sure I can stomach it.