Army Desertion Rate Skyrockets

soldier-clear.jpgWASHINGTON — Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980, with the number of Army deserters this year showing an 80 percent increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. (article)

According to the Army, about nine in every 1,000 soldiers deserted in fiscal year 2007, which ended Sept. 30, compared to nearly seven per 1,000 a year earlier. Overall, 4,698 soldiers deserted this year, compared to 3,301 last year.

These are not cowards. Far from it. It is a tremendously difficult decision to have to make and one that can have serious consequences. I personally admire their courage for standing up to both the government and the army by refusing to serve in Bush’s war.

When caught, they will face lengthy prison sentences or even worse. Unless something has changed, the military penalty for desertion in wartime is death. I hope that once we have a sane president, instead of the current psychopath, amnesty will be extended to these young men and women (as it was to Vietnam deserters).

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5 Comments on “Army Desertion Rate Skyrockets”

  1. Jack W Lynch Says:

    The reporter wrote the article “DESERTION IS AT ITS HIGHEST SINCE WHENEVER” give me a break 8 out of 1,000 you do the math. What is that 1/10 th of something. You LIBS including the writer should find something else do to do!

  2. expatbrian Says:

    Look up what the desertion rate was in WWII and Korea and even Vietnam. Then YOU do the math. Add to that the suicide rate that is more than double the national average and the mental health claim rate and YOU do the math again.

    Oops, sorry. Forgot. You NeoCons don’t give a shit about the troops in the first place.

  3. Capt Fogg Says:

    What kind of a country do we have where “Lib” suffices for an argument? Have you ever seen it used in a grammatical sentence?

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  5. Roni Dorris Says:

    That figure amounts to 28 percent of the troopers stationed in the nation, according to Animal Poltico. Deserting from the army is a crime in Mexico carrying punishments of up to six years in prison, though the offense usually goes unpunished. The National Defense Secretariat, or SEDENA, says it has just convicted some 10,154,000 cases.

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