Surge could push troops to the breaking point

Boston Globe
by Cindy Williams

01/10/07

The Bush Administration's proposal to send an additional 20,000 troops to join the 152,000 already in Iraq is is unlikely to bring significant improvement to the situation in Iraq, but it is certain to further damage the already beleaguered US ground forces. The surge will push America's all-volunteer force into uncharted territory, and it is not clear how well the troops or the military as an institution can withstand the strain. The men and women in the Army and Marine Corps today -- many of whom have already served for a year or more in Iraq or Afghanistan -- will bear the brunt, because the Army and Marine Corps cannot grow new troops or units overnight. General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says it would take two years just to recruit, train, and equip 10,000 new troops. Thus to accomplish a surge, the armed forces must look to existing units...

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