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Colonels Rejecting Plum Billets

Wednesday, 01 November 2000 12:00 AM

In a story in its Tuesday issue, the Washington Times is reporting that:

The revelation comes right at the time Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush and his vice presidential running mate, former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, are accusing the Clinton-Gore administration of mishandling and neglecting the military.

They have charged that budget cuts, a record number of "peacekeeping" and intervention missions around the globe and inadequate equipment are driving key personnel out of the Army.

The Democratic candidate, Vice President Al Gore, has been downplaying those problems and contending the military has never been in better shape.

Internal Army briefing papers obtained by the Times show that since 1996 there have been 171 lieutenant colonels and full colonels who have refused commands, whereas only six colonels turned down commands from 1992 to 1995.

One chart in the briefing documents shows that only one colonel rejected a command in 1992, but starting in 1996 the number of declines shot up.

In one year alone, 39 lieutenant colonels refused commands, and in the fiscal year that began just one month ago 33 lieutenant colonels and colonels have already said "no" to commands.

The commands rejected by the colonels include both combat and support units, such as an aviation brigade, training billets, infantry units in Korea and recruiting jobs.

Turning down a command is not a guaranteed end of an officer's career, but it can impair chances for promotion as those officers move into non-command staff jobs.

"Officer attrition is continuing at a rate that will not allow full manning of the force structure if loss rates continue [at the fiscal year 2000 rate]," the documents warn.

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