The Washington Post requires registration in order to access complete articles at its archive. They allow reading of complete articles on the day of publication and I have read there before, but I do not like the concept of registering at sites merely to read what is there. I do it at particular sites, but not many.Originally posted by Ralph63
OK, fair enough. Go to www.washingtonpost.com and search the article "Unrivaled Military Feels Strains of Unending War" in the archives. It was publiced february 16, 2003.
I appreciate your effort in referencing the article but in the future, perhaps you could post the entire text with link.
I would like to say in response to some of the points that you did make concerning the morale of active military personell that I was an enlistee in the Viet Nam era and I griped about everything just like everyone else, draftee and enlistee alike.
The essentially unstable nature of the military life with the sort of demands that can separate family members at a moments notice, placing loved ones in the way of harm, has always been a source of friction among families. It is not anything new and to attribute these type of things to some new phenomenon is not accurate. It is just the way things are, unfortunately. I understand that the members of metropolitan police departments whose assignments are often similar to the those of the military, suffer from much the same problems.
Also, and this is solely my opinion. any shrinkage in the military in recent years has been purposive in order to effect concepts of streamlining. There is no shrinkage, to my knowledge, from any lack of committment on the part of Americans to serve their country in a volunteer army.