It adds up to one thing: the war in Iraq has become so unpopular that patriotic young people are not volunteering in sufficient numbers for our military effort. Maybe that’s just the way of wars. We had a draft during WW2. This war has lasted way longer than a volunteer military can take us without the strain starting to show.
It’s because it’s gone on too long, and has been more of a police action than a war.
180,000 recruits. They took 250 more felons than the previous year. If they hadn’t, they would have had 179,750 recruits.
Not really having that hard a time. The incentives are getting better, and it helps that the economy took a downturn. But the war is not that unpopular among those who would be recruited.