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Army misses a recruit goal, on track for '07

By TIMES WIRES
Published June 12, 2007


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WASHINGTON

The Army missed its May recruiting goal by nearly 400 soldiers, or slightly more than 7 percent, marking the first time in almost two years the service has fallen short. Army officials said May commonly has been one of the more difficult recruiting months, with the school year coming to a close in many areas. They noted that even with the lower numbers, the Army is about 2, 000 recruits ahead of this year's goal of 80, 000 new soldiers. But the falloff comes as the Army has been raising recruiting bonuses and easing the criteria for those it accepts.

FAIRFAX, VA.

Shooting inquiry angers families

Relatives of Virginia Tech shooting victims said Monday they felt "ostracized" from a governor's panel studying the killings, and they questioned the use of their loved ones' names to raise millions of dollars for a memorial fund. Peter Read, above, whose daughter was killed, read a statement written on behalf of 13 families: "We are angry about being ostracized from a government-chartered panel investigating a government-sponsored university, and about how the university has used the names and images of our loved ones to raise millions of dollars without any consultation." Gov. Timothy Kaine's spokesman said the governor wanted "specialized expertise" when he named the eight-member panel, which includes former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, psychiatrists, educational specialists and former law enforcement officials.

Elsewhere

Anchorage: An F-15 fighter jet crashed after colliding in midair with another military jet during a training exercise, Air Force officials said. The other jet landed safely, and no one was seriously injured. The pilot of the F-15C ejected before the crash.

Houston: A 50-year-old babysitter who was to have been executed this week for killing an infant won a reprieve Monday from a divided appeals court that ordered a review of whether the baby's injuries were accidental.

Fort Hood, Texas: More than 500 soldiers and other searchers walked side-by-side Monday in scorching heat looking for any sign of a soldier lost nearly three days in the juniper-covered hills of the fort's training range.

Delavan, Wis.: Investigators trying to piece together the events leading up to the killing of six people believe the mass slaying is likely the result of a murder-suicide, authorities said Monday. The condition of the seventh gunshot victim, a 2-year-old girl, was upgraded from serious to good.

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