High turnover rate hobbles Afghan army

Less than half of 250,000 positions filled due to desertions, non-reenlistment and deaths.

    Death, desertion and injuries are making it difficult for Afghanistan's military to keep enough soldiers in the field to take over from departing international forces.

    By most accounts, the Afghan National Army should number at least 250,000 men to succeed in combatting the insurgency.

    But according to one US study, the force could never grow larger than 100,000, because it loses 42 percent of its men every year due to desertion, non-reenlistment and even death in combat.

    Another problem has been drug abuse, with at least 50 percent of Afghan soldiers found to be using drugs.

    Al Jazeera's Jennifer reports from Kabul.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.