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Sister Mine

A Novel

by Tawni O'Dell

Sister Mine
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2007, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2008, 416 pages

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US Military Recruitment Facts & Stats

After several bad years, all branches of the military met their 2006 & 2007 recruitment targets (figures below are 2007 stats rounded to the nearest 1000):

  • Army: 80,000
  • Navy: 37,000
  • Marines: 36,000
  • Air Force: 28,000

This was a relief for the military, as the ongoing war in Iraq has made recruitment increasingly difficult. It is rare to try to fill wartime ranks purely with volunteers. The Spanish-American War, Mexican-American War and Gulf War are the only conflicts since 1775 that did not rely in part on conscripts.

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