Tuesday October 4, 2005

The Centerpiece of our Army, the American Soldier embodies all our country has to offer. Steeped in a rich Army heritage and tradition, and embracing the Warrior Ethos, today's Soldiers are the finest trained, best-equipped, and most adaptive in history.
A Warrior first, today's Soldier is also a leader, diplomat, manager, and life-long learner. Every day, our Soldiers answer the Call to Duty to protect and serve a grateful nation.

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  • SecArmy opens AUSA with thoughts on future (ARNEWS)
  • 73 Soldiers defied orders to appear for wartime duty (USAT | EB)
  • Army changes standards for recruitment in light of low numbers (LAT/EB)
  • New bonuses for recruiting reviewed (USAT/EB)
  • Low recruitment numbers keeps plans at bay (WP | EB)
  • Army attempts to deal with 'stop loss' situation (WP)
  • Security precaution lengthens Army 'Ten Miler' (ARNEWS)
  • Two Army drivers in victory lane this weekend (ARNEWS)
  • Recruiting goal means there's no way to cut back on stop-loss (Army Times)


  • Iraqi Security Forces have suffered twice the battlefield deaths of American troops (WT | EB)
  • Iraqi oil minister escapes harm in attack on convoy (USAT/EB)
  • U.S. troops launch new offensive in western Iraq (USAT)
  • First serious combat with insurgents in Afghanistan since elections (NYT | EB)
  • Khalilzad leading drive for major changes in Iraqi charter (WP | EB)


  • Closure of dozens of schools on military bases causes stir (RTD/EB)
  • Final stages of revising regulations for new personnel system (GE/EB)
  • Civil defense drill in Rome causes chaos (MSNBC)
  • Afghan vote count nearly complete, results Oct. 22 (AJC)
  • Army picks top enlisted soldier and NCO (Army Times)


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Those who volunteer and answer the Call to Duty are willing to give more than they take. They are driven, I believe, by love of country, a devotion to duty, and a willingness to sacrifice everything so others might live in peace and freedom.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the United States Army


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