More Trouble in the Guard

From Holden:

Maybe Ben Barnes should resume his recruitment of pampered rich kids, ’cause the National Guard is having trouble with their recruitment efforts:

The Army National Guard will fall short of its recruiting goal this year, in part because fewer active-duty soldiers are opting to switch to part-time service, the Guard’s top general said Thursday.

It will be the first time since 1994 that the Guard has missed its sign-up goal.

Army Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said in an interview at his Pentagon office that the shortfall for the budget year ending Sept. 30 is likely to be about 5,000 soldiers. That is a little more than 1% of the total Army Guard force of 350,000.

“This is something that can’t be ignored. I’ve got to watch it every day,” he said.