Besides the obvious issue ofimproperly preparing troops for duty, the trend of the forced war on the military -- the military you go to war with not the military you want to go to war with -- is simply going to hurt the US in the mid run (i.e. not even so far out as the long run). Moral will be hurt, national guard enlistments ("I didn't sign up for this") have been hit hard, what does the government not see that we don't? Not addressed but certainly just as important is the impact of private contractors filling roles previously held by military personnel: cooks, drivers, etc. The old news now is there are no more rear areas:
One of the biggest lessons to be relearned from Iraq is that there is no safe place on the battlefield for soft-skinned or poorly-trained troops.