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2005-09-12 17:35:00

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army posted its best recruiting month in four years in August, but will still miss its first annual recruiting goal since 1999, officials said on Monday, as the Iraq war makes it difficult to attract new soldiers. August, the penultimate month of fiscal 2005, saw the regular Army send more recruits into boot camp than any month since July 2001. But the part-time Army National Guard and Army Reserve, both missed their monthly goals again and will fall far short of their...

2005-08-30 19:54:06

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tennessee's governor filed a motion on Tuesday to block the final report of a U.S. military base-closing commission, adding to a pile of lawsuits the panel faces over Air National Guard cutbacks. Hot on the heels of new legal challenges by Connecticut and Missouri, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen sought a federal-court injunction barring the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission from recommending the dismantling of the Tennessee National...

2005-08-30 17:51:36

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - National Guard troops played a leading role responding to Hurricane Katrina's destruction along the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday, but thousands more who might have been part of the effort are deployed in Iraq. About 7,500 National Guard soldiers and airmen have been mobilized by state governors for disaster relief in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. They were assisting in law enforcement, helping...

2005-08-27 17:25:14

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and legislators from several U.S. states are vowing to fight proposed Pentagon cutbacks at Air National Guard bases after a military review commission approved stripping aircraft from dozens of units. In one contentious move, the independent panel reviewing proposed military base cutbacks voted on Friday to close the Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base near Philadelphia. That came despite a federal court ruling barring...

2005-08-27 15:25:31

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and legislators from several U.S. states are vowing to fight proposed Pentagon cutbacks at Air National Guard bases after a military review commission approved stripping aircraft from dozens of units. In one contentious move, the independent panel reviewing proposed military base cutbacks voted on Friday to close the Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base near Philadelphia. That came despite a federal court ruling barring...

2005-07-26 18:06:42

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of state National Guard units have challenged the Air Force's authority to strip their units of aircraft and personnel, adding to a chorus of state opposition to the Pentagon's proposed extensive cutbacks of Guard units. The Adjutants General Association urged the Base Realignment and Closure Commission in a letter to reject the majority of the Air Force's base closure and restructuring recommendations pertaining to Air National Guard units....

2005-07-22 10:19:23

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Faced with major recruiting problems sparked by troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has asked Congress to raise the maximum age for U.S. military enlistees from 35 to 42 years old. The request, sent to lawmakers this week, would apply to all active duty branches of the military services, said Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, a Pentagon spokeswoman, on Friday. But it is aimed chiefly at the active duty Army, which has fallen far short of recruiting...

2005-07-12 14:54:04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Army National Guard, tapped heavily by the Pentagon for soldiers in Iraq, likely will miss its recruiting goal for the third straight year, the general who runs it said on Tuesday. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon, argued that the Army National Guard was not in "serious crisis mode" even as it stood about 19,000 troops below the 350,000-strong force authorized by Congress. Blum said potential recruits and their...

2005-07-11 17:39:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's governor and two U.S. senators sued the Pentagon on Monday to prevent deactivation of a Pennsylvania Air National Guard unit in a bid to save a military base from closure. In what is being viewed as the first lawsuit of its kind, Gov. Ed Rendell, joined by Pennsylvania's Republican Sens. Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum, is invoking the "militia clause" of the U.S. Constitution to prevent de-activation of the national guard's 111th Fighter Wing at the...

2005-07-11 16:55:30

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Army National Guard, struggling more than any other part of the U.S. military to sign up new troops amid the Iraq war, missed its ninth straight monthly recruiting goal in June, officials said on Monday. In danger of missing a third straight annual recruiting goal, the Army National Guard fell 14 percent short of its June recruiting target, the Pentagon said. Three quarters through fiscal 2005, which ends Sept. 30, the Army National Guard stood 23...


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