Recruitment of National Guard Soldiers Falls Short

The military has announced it's recruiting goal for Army national guard soldiers will fall short by 5,000.

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

Two reasons are given:

One reason is the active-duty Army is prohibiting soldiers already in units in Iraq or Afghanistan — or preparing to deploy there — from leaving the service, even if their enlistment term is up. The other reason, [Army Lt. Gen. H. Steven]Blum said, is that active-duty soldiers know a growing number of Guard units are being sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, so they figure there is little to be gained, in terms of reduced personal risk, by switching from active duty to the Guard.

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