pretty solid. just a small grammer errors
.S. invaded Iraq, the army has been
The Army hasn't been able to recruit enough soldiers as they need and according to USA Today the army hasn't missed its recruiting quota by this much since the cold war in the year 1979
the ; should not be followed by a capital letter. I think this sentence is better used with an "and" but its just my personal opinion.
It is important for the
Another way to fix the error near that semi-colon is to just keep it the same and use a lower case "a" in this:
...as they need; according to USA Today the Army hasn't...
Now, it is looking good, but what is your thesis statement? Is this going to be about the fact that you think the Army should NOT lower its standards? If so, give a strong statement to that effect at the end of this paragraph, and make sure it includes a main reason or concept that makes you feel that way.
However, if this is just an expository essay about the fact that standards are being lowered, you should add a sentence at the end of that first paragraph that lists the ways that standards are being lowered, so that the reader knows what to expect when reading the rest of the essay.