March 29, 2005

GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS FOR THE AFGHAN ARMY:

The recruiting for the new Afghan army is going well, except for the fact that so many of the eager recruits have to be rejected for health reasons. Apparently no one realized how poor the health of the average Afghan is. Most recruits, and most young Afghans, are

- Slightly malnourished, often suffering from minor vitamin deficiencies

- Come from rural areas where they were not exposed to many communicable diseases, and have not had any immunizations.

- Have never had a physical, dental, or eye exam.

In other words, it’s like the U.S. Army in 1898.