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Guard, Reserve short on recruits

The Pentagon’s heavy use of part-time military units in the war on terrorism and the invasion of Iraq may be starting to exact a price: The nation’s largest auxiliary forces — the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve — are beginning to have trouble meeting their recruiting targets. As of April 30, the Guard was nearly 6,000 recruits short of where it needed to be on that date to meet its Sept. 30 target of enlisting 62,000 soldiers, Pentagon statistics show. If the Guard can’t reverse the shortfall, it will mark the first time since 1998 that it has failed to fill its ranks. The Army Reserve is also lagging behind and was more than 700 soldiers short of where it needed to be in April to meet its Sept. 30 goal of 42,000. Full Story

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