Come back for the money, enjoy the IED's for free
What are you waiting for?
Army aims to coax back former troops
By Will Dunham Tue Nov 29, 5:57 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, fresh off missing its latest annual recruiting goal, has launched an unprecedented effort to coax former troops to sign up again for active-duty military service, officials said on Tuesday.
The Army this month began contacting 78,000 people who previously served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to pitch them on the idea of leaving behind their civilian lives and returning for another stint in uniform, said Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, an Army spokesman at the
Unlike in the past, they now can return to the Army without giving up their previous rank or undergo the rigors of basic training, said Hilferty, who described it as the first program of its kind for the Army.
About 7,000 former officers were among the 78,000 receiving recruiting letters that stated, "There is no higher calling than service in our armed forces, and this is your opportunity to answer the call to duty again."
"You've served our country before, and maybe you miss the adventure, camaraderie, teamwork and leadership opportunities that the military offers. If so, you can put your previous military experience and skills to work again as a soldier in the active Army," the letter adds.
'UNITY OF EFFORT'
Hilferty said the Army would be pleased if this "Unity of Effort" recruiting program coaxes 1,000-2,000 former service members to sign up with the Army. He said it was too early to tell how well the program is doing.
About 80 percent of the letters went to people who served in services other than the Army, Hilferty said.
OK, if you were that eager to go back to Iraq, why not go with Blackwater USA. Why wait over two years to try and re-up? Or join the Guard or Reserves?
If you were in the military, you had the choice of going into the Army and rejected it. So now you're supposed to go back, destined for Iraq?
Four more years in Iraq?
Only if we institute the draft and that's suicide.
posted by Steve @ 12:53:00 AM