Army Recruiting Falls Short Again

War, better jobs elsewhere trigger shortfall
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2007 5:06 AM CDT
U.S. Marine Corps recruiter Staff Sgt. Patrick McClung administers a written test to high school student Todd Farris, 17, at his office in Fairfax, Virginia, on December 14, 2004. McClung was trying t   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – For the second month in a row, the army has failed to meet its recruitment quota. Only 7,000 new soldiers signed up in June—15% short of the 8,400-recruit goal. The recruitment quota came up 7% short in May.  "We're not taking this lightly," said an Army spokesman.

The shortfalls, in the midst of a Pentagon attempt to beef up both the Army and Marine Corps, are being blamed on increasing dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq, a strong economy that offers better alternative job prospects, and the fact that seven out of 10 would-be recruits are failing to meet military standards for weight and education. (Read more Iraq war stories.)