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Army Names New Recruiting Head

August 17, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Pentagon has tapped a new commander to head the struggling Army Recruiting Command.

Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick will take command of recruiting operations Oct. 12, Douglas Smith, a spokesman for the Army recruiting headquarters at Fort Knox, Ky., said Tuesday.

Bostick commanded the Army Corps of Engineers’ Gulf Region Division in Iraq from June 2004 to June 2005.

Army recruiting has languished since the start of the Iraq war. The command missed its recruiting goals for active duty soldiers from February through May 2005, Smith said. It also has missed its Army Reserves recruiting goals for every month of the calendar year except June.

After that poor showing, Smith said, the Army will probably miss its goals of 80,000 active duty troops and 22,175 reservists by Sept. 30.

``Things aren’t looking good for the remainder of the year,″ Smith said.

About 1,850 U.S. service members have been killed and more than 14,000 have been wounded in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion, according to the Defense Department. Another 224 have been killed and 554 wounded in action related to operations in Afghanistan. Most of those casualties are Army personnel.

The command increased its recruiting staff by more than 1,700 for 2005. There are now about 6,404 active duty and 1,456 reserve recruiters in its 41 recruiting battalions and medical recruiting staffs, Smith said.

The current recruiting commander, Maj. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle, will leave Fort Knox to become director of the Installation Management Agency in Arlington, Va.

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