Monday, February 08, 2010


Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's strategy to reduce the U.S. role in Afghanistan includes increasing the training of the Afghan force, doubling its size and enhancing its capabilities.


With troop strength at about 100,000, the Afghan army consistently has trouble meeting its recruiting goals. Pay has improved but is not much better than what the Taliban can offer its foot soldiers, and the caliber of recruits is still considered poor. Drug use and illiteracy are less pervasive in the army than in the police ranks, but they are common enough to pose a serious impediment to training.

And logistics, the complex task of supplying front-line troops, has been a difficult lesson to teach, Marine spokesmen said. The Afghan army is often short of ammunition, its artillery rounds are old, and vehicle maintenance is spotty.


....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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