It was a little puzzling to me when I read about the Army’s goals regarding troop strength as we enter the homestretch of the decade. The numbers did not seem to add up to me in a world that seems to be having more trouble spots, not less. I thought it would make more sense to be building up military personnel and capabilities with all that is going on in the world today, especially when countries such as China, Russia and others are doing this very same thing.
It seems that our government has a bigger need to make public claims that are not entirely true than to look at the facts and the reality of the situation in the world. We lost thousands of brave men and women in the war in Iraq and then proclaimed that the war was over and our objectives were met long before that was the actual case on the ground. That point was never more apparent than when US trained Iraqi troops simply dropped their weapons and ran when they were attacked in several parts of the country by ISIS.
Now we are actively engaged in an air war in Iraq and Syria to try to halt ISIS advances, and we once again have boots on the ground in Iraq in an advisory role. The simple truth is that we have lost a lot of the gains that we made in Iraq; gains that were paid in blood by some fine young American military personnel. Now it looks as though we will ramp up our involvement there once again. It is probably safe to say if we had maintained even a minimal presence in Iraq, we could have stopped ISIS progress long before they made a huge mess of things in Iraq and Syria.
So, what are the new target goals for the Army’s end strength? The first one was met at the end of 2014 by getting active duty Army personnel figures under the half million mark; according to figures, that now stands at some 490,000 active duty soldiers. The Army’s long term goal is to eventually have an end strength at the end of the decade that is between 450,000 to 420,000 active duty Army personnel. Personally speaking, with all the wasteful spending associated with the military I feel the cuts could be better served elsewhere than where troop strength is concerned.
China has claimed virtually the whole China Sea as their own; that is the equivalent of the USA saying that no other militaries can come into the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the Atlantic Ocean. Troops are captured every day in the Ukraine conflict that have all the markings of being regular Russian military personnel. ISIS has more than a solid foothold in many areas of the Middle East and Iraq talks peace and moving forward while backing their own ambitions in what can best be described as a Muslim sectarian holy war. I am not sure about you, but to me it does not seem like a good time in the world to be lowering the end strength of our Army.
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