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Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Knuckleheads of the Day award

Today's winners are Lolita C. Baldor and her employer Associated Press. They get the award for the following.

To stem a growing trend of critical future leaders leaving the service, Casey said the Army will unveil a plan next week to give some captains $20,000 to stay on. He said the Army also will increase opportunities for officers to go to various graduate schools as another incentive to stay in the military. The captains also would get a choice in duty assignments.

Casey said leadership development is one of his priorities, along with increasing the size of the Army, improving conditions for soldiers and their families and continuing to transform the service so it can better fight future battles.

According to the Army, the attrition rate for officers is higher than it has been in previous years, with graduates of West Point, the Officer Candidate School and ROTC leaving at a faster pace once they've finished their initial tour in the military.

For example, about six in 10 West Point soldiers who graduated in 1997 reenlisted after their sixth year.
Commisioned officers don't re-enlist. As James Joyner at OTB points out.

They do not “enlist.” When their initial tours are over, they do not “re-enlist.” Indeed, they don’t do anything in particular. They simply don’t resign.
If Ms. Baldor knew anything about the military(Or bothered to ask a member of the military about what she was writing), she'd know this. Baldor has been writing military related articles for over a year at least(Go do a google search). How much more misleading crap and lies has she put into print? Why didn't AP catch this glaring error or does that wire service print lies?

For carless and sloppy military reporting, Lolita C. Baldor and her employer Associated Press are today's Knuckleheads of the Day.

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