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Serious problems among U.S. military personnel.

"The Pentagon is trying to cope with the surge in suicides, but it is holding a bad hand. The desperate shortage of troops has forced military officials to lower the bar for enlistment, thus letting in people whose drug and alcohol abuse or other behavioral problems would previously have kept them out. And the multiple deployments (four, five and six tours in the war zones) have jacked up stress levels to the point where many just can't take it."

Commenting on record numbers of suicides among those who serve, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert noted several other problems that our nation's military leaders face.

--COMPILED BY JOHN F. MCMANUS

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Title Annotation:QuickQuotes
Author:McManus, John F.
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 30, 2010
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