US Army desertion rate highest since 1980

Army desertion rate highest since 1980

WASHINGTON - Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980, with the number of Army deserters this year showing an 80 percent increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.

While the totals are still far lower than they were during the Vietnam War, when the draft was in effect, they show a steady increase over the past four years and a 42 percent jump since last year.

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Could it be down to the MREs? Brit soldiers often carry some Tabasco to vary the flavour of the rations. MREs are supplied with Tabasco, presumably because its addition is essential. Also, why supply coffee powder if there's no means of heating water?

More seriously, is it because of the sense of "haves" and "have nots?" I don't know if it's changed over the years, but the biggest gripe I heard in 2003 was that US servicemen stationed near Kuwait spent a lot of time in Camp Doha and took long weekends away in other countries, while those in Baghdad stagged on for the full 12 months without a break.

Also, with the large US presence, isn't rotation back on ops a major issue? Given that the US Army is quite big, but there's only so many combat soldiers available to fill the slots.

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