Fodder Watch

From Holden:

The Army missed its recruiting goal in April, marking the third straight month it has done so. Maybe the American people aren’t so stupid after all.

The Army missed its recruiting goal in April, marking the third consecutive monthly shortfall.

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As of April 30 the Army had achieved only 85 percent of its target for the first five months of the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1.

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[Army spokesman Paul] Boyce said he did not have specific figures for April but it fell short of the monthly goal of 6,600. In March the Army had hoped to sign up 6,800 recruits but fell 32 percent short. That was slightly worse than in February, when a goal of 7,050 was missed by 27 percent.

Prior to missing the February target the Army had not fallen short of a monthly goal since May 2000.

The Army National Guard and Army Reserve have had even more trouble recruiting. In March the Army Reserve signed up barely half the 1,600 soldiers it sought. It has not met a monthly goal since December 2004, and for the period from October 2004 through March it met only 82 percent of its goal.