The Washington Post reports that the Army is behind on its recruiting goals.
Violent, long deployments to Iraq and a sound job market at home have combined to reduce what the Army calls the "propensity to enlist" -- the percentage of young Americans willing to consider Army service -- which dropped from 11 percent last year to about 7 percent this year.
It’s probably correct that all the news reporting about violence in Iraq is dampening enthusiasm to enlist. I am certain that if the news reported about the more than 42,000 motor vehicle deaths per year with the vigor it reports about a much smaller number of deaths in Iraq (as of June 10, only 1,326 since hostilities began on 3/19/03, per AntiWar.com), everyone would be afraid to get into their cars.
This article will only give hope to the insurgents, because they will see that if they keep at it, eventually we will have to withdraw our army for lack of manpower.