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A benchmark metric worth fighting for: lawyers per army combatants

During the Iraqi “surge,” the “Army had one lawyer or paralegal for every 240 combatants, and these legal professionals have ever more say over battlefield decisions. That is leaving aside the judge advocates general (or JAGs), who offer guidance on the laws of war.” This amazing quote comes from the NY Times Book Rev., June 10, 2012 at 22.

Lawyers per thousand employees has some credibility as a benchmark metric, although it does not rank very high in usefulness. Lawyers per soldier stands unique.

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