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November 16, 2007



For several years now I've been asking a couple of questions about "breaking" the army. With no response, but I'm willing to try again.

How does one tell if an army is "broken?" That is, what does the term actually mean?

Is there a metric that tells us how close to "breaking" the army is? I've been hearing that we are close for over a year, and we never quite get there.

Basically, are these statements about getting close to "breaking" the army meaningful, or just fluff?

John Ballard

You may want to read the remarks of Phillip Carter in Slate (March '07). He used the term broken exactly as you have, explaining exactly what he meant. According to him it already happened.
One "metric" might be an increase in the number of desertions in the all-volunteer military.

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