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West Point graduates leaving the Army at high rate

The Boston Globe reported Wednesday that West Point graduates are leaving active duty at the highest rate in more than 30 years. Experts say it’s a sign the repeated tours in Iraq and Afghanistan are driving the top young officers toward civilian life. The average loss rate is 10 – 30% after the 5-year commitment. Interviews with former West Point superintendents, graduates, and retired officers pointed to the wear and tear on officers and their families from multiple deployments as the primary reason for the increased loss of personnel. The statistics may have been higher but the numbers do not reflect those who may have been forced to stay longer than five years under the wartime authority known as “stop-loss,” in which the president can order troops with critical skills to remain on active duty.

According to statistics from West Point:

  • 46% of the 2001 graduates left the Army last year (35% at the end of their 5-year commitment, another 11% the following 6 months
  • 54% of the 935 graduates from the 2000 class have left active duty

The full story can be found on the Boston Globe website.

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April 12, 2007 - Posted by | Current Events, Iraq, Military & War

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