Officers in Exodus, Military Losing Seasoned Soldiers

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U.S. soldiers patrol a somewhat peaceful area of Baghdad, but the army is concerned over its rising loss of junior officers that could have an impact in Iraq. Ali Yussef/ AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Soldiers Patrol in Baghdad

U.S. soldiers patrol a somewhat peaceful area of Baghdad, but the army is concerned over its rising loss of junior officers that could have an impact in Iraq.

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In 2003, eight percent of junior officers in the armed services with four to nine years experience left the army. Last year, the number rose to 13 percent.

Andrew Tilghman, a staff writer for the Marine Corps Times, talks about what the military's loss of the 'best and brightest' could mean for the war in Iraq and beyond. Tilghman recently wrote an article on the topic in Washington Monthly magazine entitled "The Army's Other Crisis."

Joining the discussion is Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl, commander of 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. Nagl was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and is author of the book, Learning to Eat Soup With a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam.

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