A U.S. Marine with Task Force Southwest patrols through a village near Bost Kalay, Afghanistan (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

The top sergeant major in charge of troops in Afghanistan said recently that troops serving there have a "108% retention rate," which sounds as plausible as a peace deal with the Taliban that won't result in the collapse of the Afghan government.

But if someone can explain what 108% retention actually means, I'd love to hear it.

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