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Army’s Rising Promotion Rate Called Ominous

Struggling to retain enough officers to lead its forces, the Army has begun to dramatically increase the number of soldiers it promotes, raising fears within the service that wartime strains are diluting the quality of the officer corps. Last year, the Army promoted 97% of all eligible captains to the rank of major, Pentagon data show. That was up from a historical average of 70% to 80%. Traditionally, the Army has used the step to major as a winnowing point to push lower-performing soldiers out of the military. Full Story

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