Is yesterday's artillery spotter today's military intelligence officer?
To fill the pivotal support jobs for deployments to Iraq, army and Pentagon planners are increasingly turning to the navy and air force to provide truck drivers and security personnel. They are relying on more army reservists to volunteer for extended duty, hiring more private contractors and accelerating the retraining of thousands of soldiers who had been essential to the Cold War, like artillerymen, to be civil affairs and military intelligence troops needed for counterinsurgency operations. The Guard and the Reserve are enlisting thousands of people each month, but it takes several months of training to prepare them for combat missions.
The Bush administration inherited the best-trained, best-equipped military force in the history of the world. They conned the country into invading Iraq and broke it.