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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Pentagon Delays Release of Recruiting Data

Posted by a4g @ 6/02/2005 06:38:00 AM

Reuters -

The Pentagon on Wednesday postponed by more than a week the release of military recruiting figures for May, as the Army and Marine Corps struggle to attract new troops amid the Iraq war.

The military services had routinely provided most recruiting statistics for a given month on the first business day of the next month.

Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said the May numbers for the active-duty and reserve components of the all-volunteer military will be released on June 10.

Lt. Col Krenke categorically denied speculations that staffing shortages in the military were responsible for the delay in the report's release.

Krenke, who spoke from the co-pilot's chair of the cockpit of a KC-10A Extender refueling tanker over Iraq assured all the assembled reporters that she was working on finishing the report as fast as she could, but that between loading bombs on the swing shift and filling the little MRE packets on the graveyard, she was having trouble.

She also told reporters that by year's end, all recruiting goals would be met, and asked if anyone present at the video conference was interested in a career in the Air Force, as she was also a recruiter.

The press conference was cut short when Lt. Col Krenke had to answer an incoming phone call for Gen. Lord.

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