Friday, June 24, 2005

Wondering about the troops

There's been a lot of back and forth between Lawyers, Guns and Money and Steve Gillard about encouraging the members of the 101st fighting keyboarders to enlist in a war they say they support so much.

What I'm wondering is, how much longer can the demands in Iraq be supported by the current numbers and members of the military currently stationed there? That is, is there a certain point, say, when troops stationed in other garrisons around the world have to get transfered to Iraq in order to give the guys and girls there a break? What relation is there, if any, between the number of new draftees, er, I mean, new enlistees, and the number of troops stationed in Iraq that have to be replaced either due to death or the end of their enlistment period?

Can the number and identification of the current band of troops in Iraq be maintained indefinitely? Is there some sort of rotation that enables some to return here while others stationed here go over there?

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