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College Daybreak - Troop morale down in Afghanistan

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Posted by admin on Monday, May 9, 2011

46.5% of troops say they have medium, high or very high morale, compared with 65.7% who said so in 2005.

Quick facts:

  • "The report says soldiers and Marines reported more intense fighting than during the surge in Iraq in 2006-07, with 75%-80% of those in Afghanistan involved in firefights," according to USA TODAY.
  • Half or more surveyed said they had killed an enemy combatant.
  • One-third report some form of chronic pain.

The emotional strain on troops, while high, was lower than expected, according to USA TODAY.

The results are based off a 2010 military survey of soldiers and marines.

The Money quote: "We're an Army that's in uncharted territory here. We have never fought for this long with an all-volunteer force that's 1% of the population."
-Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff

-USA TODAY

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