William B. Caldwell
As thousands of Afghans train, fight, and die for their nation, working and fighting to make a better future, we should give them the tools, hope, and respect to chart a new and better path for their people. Toward that end, the NATO training mission has about 27,000 recruits from the Afghan army and police in mandatory literacy programs at any given time. That number will grow to 50,000 by this December and to about 100,000 by June of next year. Afghan soldiers and police are plenty intelligent, and literacy will help them become a modern force.
Lt. Gen. Caldwell is commander of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.