We all know that fighting insurgencies is exhausting work. Almost five
years into the Iraq War, more and more soldiers are “burning out” and
leaving the Army. (58% of the West Point Class of 2002 elected to leave
active duty after completing their minimum service requirement.*) What
to do? Retired British Army Colonel Tim Collins has an idea: encourage soldiers to take a year off.
This is a great idea. The idea that you could take a year off but still come back without all the A**pain the currently is in the system would be perfect. I’ve had two breaks in service not because I didn’t like the service but just needed a damn break.
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