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Connecting a few dots.

We read the whole newspaper so you don't... No, wait. You should read the whole newspaper, too.

Page C5 [cover of Business Today]:
- In college? Finding job part time can be hard
    It’s no secret that the job market right now is beyond terrible. What is less discussed is the effect this has on college students. [The Buffalo News]


Page A6:
- For ROTC, rank has its privileges  
    In the 1999-2000 school year the Army offered 430 ROTC scholarships. Last year the figure was 3,179. It's all part of the accelerated expansion of the Army approved in 2007, according to the U.S. Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs office in Washington. [Air Force & Navy, too.]
   The Army is short about 3,000 majors and captains, said Col. Paul Aswell, chief of the Army's Officer Division, the officers needed to staff the Army's brigade combat teams. Producing them can take years. [The Associated Press]

And just why does the Army need more officers: Well, there's this on A1:
- More troops requested to avoid Afghan failure
    The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by the Washington Post. [Bob Woodward]

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
[AP photo of ROTC officer and students at Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.]

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