Army Recruiting

Army expects recruiting to slump further, readies appeal to patriotism

The Army expects to miss its recruiting goals this month and next and is working on a revised sales pitch to the parents of potential recruits. But Army Secretary Francis Harvey says he sees no chance of a military draft. Speaking to reporters, Harvey said the " 'D' word" is the farthest thing from his mind. Because of the military manpower strains caused by simultaneous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some in Congress have raised the possibility of re-instituting the draft. The Army missed its recruiting goal for February by 27 percent, and that was the first time it had missed a monthly goal since May 2000.