Another possible positive is that it may encourage people who are uncertain they could deal with being in the Army and so this would be a way to "get their feet wet". After the 15 months they would know whether or not they could make a go of it and then re-enlist. I undertand your reservations Doody, but I think in these days days of greater troop deployments that it is a good thing overall. It's just a pilot program so I'm sure it will be well evalutated. It isn't being offered everywhere and this way they can see if it works or not. My guess is the positive I mentioned will work. I'm sure alot of young people see 4 years as an eternity for something they have no real understanding of.
"Do not forget your dogs of war, your big guns, which are the most-to-be respected arguments of the rights of kings."
- Frederick the Great, King of Prussia