Field Report #242, November 16, 2005

Army Has No Plans to Drop Recruiting Standards
The Army is looking for the best in its prospective recruits and won't let standards slip as it fills its ranks, the top general for Army recruiting and retention said today during an interview on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal."

Shortage of Gear Threatens National Guard Preparedness
The national disasters suffered in the United States Gulf region this year from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma may have reaped a silver lining after all.

Counter Recruiters: America the Beautiful?
You have probably witnessed them firsthand or read about them in the news. I am writing about "Counter Recruiters." Counter recruiters are a small group of people who not only oppose the Iraq war, but also oppose legitimate military recruiters.

Individual Entry Training Outline
All of the military services restrict privileges and personal freedoms during basic training and job training. IET means "Initial Entry Training." It's the period of time from the first day of basic training, through job training, and ends when the soldier graduates from their job training and reports to their first permament duty assignment (PDA).

Command Sergeant Major Praises Women's Service
Women -- daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, wives, friends and even grandmothers -- are serving in every state, U.S. territory and in more than 100 countries worldwide, the Army Reserve's first woman command sergeant major told the audience at a special Veterans Day observance at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Nov.11.

QUICK TIP: Get a Perfect Shine on Your Boots
During your tour of duty in the U.S. Army you'll have to shine your boots so often it'll become second nature to you. During basic training you'll have to endure inspections and if your boot shine isn't perfect you'll end up cleaning latrines or doing push ups. Learn to get it right and save yourself a lot of trouble.

  • U.S. Army adapts to 'war of the flea' in Iraq
  • Army Threatens Retirements to Cut Budget
  • Gangs Using Military For Training, Experts Say
  • Reserve retirement benefit proposals scaled back
  • Army Wants Synthetic Gills

  • Is Basic Training Unbelievably Hard?
  • Men vs. Women
  • Who Was The Greatest War Leader In History?
  • Think I'm Ready But Not 100%
  • Navy to Army