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Friday, November 07, 2003

Army Retention Rates
Glenn Reynolds has a link showing that Army re-enlistment rates came in 6% over target. That is certainly good news, especially since we really need those guys right now. This immediately reminded me that less than a month ago, the Washington Post was predicting record low retention rates.

Now, that previous WaPo story cited unnamed "defense experts" speculating that we might see "historically high exodus" rates from the military and it got on the front page. The new Stars and Stripes report quotes Sgt. Maj. James Vales, "a senior retention manager at Army headquarters in Washington" who gives specific figures: “We needed 51,000 soldiers to re-enlist, and we got 54,151.” Will this specific, sourced, fact-based story get on the front page? Let's wait and see.

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