Army Recruitment Is Not Going Up

Fred Kaplan looks behind the headlines:

Fewer people joined the Army this year than last year. The Army exceeded its recruitment goals not because recruitment went up but rather because recruitment goals were lowered. The Army is the service that has been having the hardest time finding new recruits in recent years, in part because it has borne the heaviest burdenand suffered by far the most casualtiesin the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.