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Army reshapes training to spare enlistees the boot

The Army has slashed the rate at which young soldiers wash out, allowing it to keep more of the recruits it has struggled to find. That’s due largely to changes in how the Army treats enlistees. Gone are the days when trainees run ’til they drop. Soldiers who need counseling get extra attention, not a screaming drill sergeant. The attrition rate within the soldier’s first six months plummeted from 18.1% in May 2005 to today’s rate of 7.6%. Last year the Army, which supplies most of the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, missed its recruiting goal of 80,000 soldiers; it’s on track to meet this year’s goal, also 80,000. Full Story

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