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Mixed News On Armed Services Recruiting

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Frist, the bad news:

The U.S. Army (search) will miss its recruiting goals this year but will be able to sustain troop levels in Iraq over the next four years, a high-ranking general told FOX News.

Lt. Gen. James Lovelace (search), the Army deputy chief of staff, said the Army can sustain 100,000 in Iraq for the next four years if needed without “breaking the force” but he said it would include three or four rotations for some troops.

And now, the good news:

The general did say the Army has surpassed its re-enlistment projections so far for fiscal year 2005. The Army’s active duty re-enlistment rate is 107 percent of projected estimates, with 58,480 soldiers re-enlisting between Oct. 1, 2004 and July 31, 2005. The Army was hoping to re-enlist 54,510 soldiers during that time. Lovelace said the Army National Guard and Reserve re-enlistment rates are also exceeding 100 percent of projections.

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