Will Shorter Hitches Do The Trick?

The Army offers a new 15-month enlistment

Anxious to shore up sagging recruiting numbers, the U.S. Army says it will offer prospects a 15-month enlistment option, instead of the usual two- to six-year hitch they're currently asked to sign. But will the shorter stint really solve the Army's recruiting woes? For one thing, those 15 months come only after the recruit has completed basic and advanced individual training, which can take another three to six months depending on the job a recruit is headed for. Charles Moskos, a military sociologist at Northwestern University, argues the Army should make the commitment 15 months total, coupled with generous education benefits,...