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Afghanistan Is So Great That Its Military Officers Keep Going AWOL While Training In The US
Afghanistan is such a fantastic and magical place after U.S. involvement there for the past 17 years that its military officers keep disappearing when they are training here in the states.
As of Feb. 2018, nine out of the 150 Afghans training in the U.S. are currently absent without leave, the Pentagon says. Although most training for Afghans happens overseas, there is some instruction offered to officers they can't get elsewhere.
Which brings them to the U.S., where according to an October report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Afghans lead the way in trying to disappear and avoid their duties.
Nearly half (47%) of all foreign military trainees that went AWOL in the U.S. since August 2005 came from Afghanistan, SIGAR said. The watchdog interviewed a number of trainees who were later found, many of whom cited concerns for their own safety in Afghanistan and the perception they would need to pay a bribe to get their old military billets back upon their return.
You can't really blame them. The U.S. has amazing infrastructure and technology, and there's a pretty slim chance that you or I will be waxed by some random dude shooting an AK-47 out the window of a Toyota Hi-Lux.
But the chance of Afghans taking off is certainly hurting their home units and the morale of their fellow trainees.
But it's yet another problem among many for the forever war in Afghanistan, which has seen encouraging progress (toward what, no one ever says) for nearly two decades.
The Pentagon has identified the two soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday as members of U.S. Army Special Forces.
Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, both died in Faryab Province from wounds sustained from small arms fire, the Pentagon said in a press release. The incident is under investigation.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.
A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel's regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United States and Israel for the blasts on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will make it easier for permanently disabled veterans to have their student loan debt forgiven.
Physical fitness tests were briefly suspended earlier this week and outdoor cardio testing will be curtailed for the remainder of the summer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, after an airman died Saturday. She had completed her PT test on Friday.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has expanded a review of the Judge Advocate General Corps to include the Marine Corps, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
"There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose. "The review's purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated naval force."