U.S. Army Discovers Pressing Mistake It’s Made — It’s All at Risk
(NewsReady.com) – In 1973, the United States moved to an all-volunteer military after it ended the draft. For decades, that worked very well for the service. However, the Armed Forces are now having trouble recruiting young Americans to join.
On Tuesday, July 19, Vice Chief of Staff General Joseph Martin spoke to the House Armed Services Committee panel about the state of the Army. He told lawmakers the military branch would be understaffed by at least 7,000 soldiers when the 2022 fiscal year ends on September 30. The general also confirmed it could end 2023 with 28,000 fewer soldiers than originally projected.
The Army is shifting about $1 billion to recruiting programs and plans to rely on reserve units.
The Army will shift about $1 billion to recruiting programs and will rely more heavily on reserve units as its ranks dwindle and the service struggles to attract new soldiers, Army officials said in a memo late Wednesday that described a high-stakes… https://t.co/Bs4Kk2tGfu
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Army leaders have said they will need everyone to work together to turn the tide and ensure the branch is properly staffed. In a memo written the day after Martin’s appearance on the Hill, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and Chief of Staff General James C. McConville reportedly said they’re in a “war for talent;” they are going to need “soldiers across all components, families, Army civilians, and soldiers for life” to fight the battle. The Air Force, Marines, and Navy have been facing similar issues.
The US needs a robust military to protect itself. If the Armed Services don’t figure out a solution quickly, it could eventually impact readiness capabilities.
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