The Army expects to be short 2,500 captains and majors this year, with the number rising to 3,300 in 2007. These officers are the Army's seed corn, the people who 10 years from now should be leading battalions and brigades.I have no idea how Bush plans on attacking Iran without a nuclear first strike, a draft or -- more likely -- both.
"We're ruining an Army that took us 30 years to build," Republican maverick Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., told a group of reporters at a recent conference. ***
The Army denies the shortage is a crisis, but its top civilian, Francis J. Harvey, acknowledged concerns, telling the Washington Post: "We are worried."
UPDATE -- If you're too tired to read the New Yorker article, you can watch Seymour Hersh talking to Wolf Blitzer from the tee-vee.