Fodder Watch

From Holden:

Via Today in Iraq, after missing their recruiting goal in January for the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Marines missed their mark again in February.

The Marine Corps for the second straight month in February missed its goal for signing up new recruits, the Marines said on Wednesday, in another sign of the Iraq war’s effect on military recruiting.

“It is a challenging recruiting environment right now,” said Maj. David Griesmer, spokesman for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

For the first time in more than a decade, the Marines in January fell short of their monthly goal for new recruits signing enlistment contracts to begin serving within a year. The Marines missed their monthly goal again in February by more than 6 percent, Griesmer said.

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In year-to-date figures for the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, the Marines were 1 percent behind their goal for signing up new recruits and 2 percent ahead in shipping new recruits into boot camp.