NATO’s top training commander says that attrition rates in the Afghan security forces remain stubbornly high, despite a massive international effort to expand the army and police to 305,000 members by this fall.
U.S. Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, the commander of NATO’s training mission, said on Wednesday that the Afghan army loses about 32 percent of its personnel each year. In the police, that number is nearly 23 percent, he said.
Caldwell says that’s about the same percentage as three years ago.
Despite the high rate of loss, he says, the training effort is on track to reach the goal of 305,000 soldiers and policemen by October.
Caldwell attributed the high rate of loss of trained personnel to the weak leadership in the Afghan army and police, especially in areas of high-intensity operations.