The military can’t meet its recruitment goals and the blame rests squarely with the White House

Mar 25, 2024

For nearly 50 years, America has relied on a military made up of all volunteers.

Most of the world needs to conscript young people to serve in the military.

It has been an honorable place to serve one’s country, and often a place to test yourself.

But in recent years, the government has shifted its focus from strength to woke ideological nonsense.

Now a very sad reality is setting in for military leadership after the latest report on the recruitment crisis and the White House has no one to blame but itself.

U.S. Military missed recruitment goals again in 2023

The United States is often regarded as the military leader of the world.

That comes with great power and great responsibility.

In the past few years, we’ve seen several military escalations by our adversaries that could result in another World War.

And while we have been quick to act on current circumstances, we may be hamstrung if conflict continues to unfold.

The Department of Defense issued a frightening report in December that detailed a shortfall in manpower and military readiness.

Acting Undersecretary, Ashish Vazirani, announced that our military branches collectively missed recruitment goals by approximately 41,000 troops.

“That number understates the challenge before us as the services lowered end-strength goals in recent years, in part because of the difficult recruiting environment,” he said.

Vazirani says that our military is facing “its greatest challenges since inception.”

Soldiers and their families report quality-of-life issues impacting their opinion of service

Now a study by Blue Star Families is highlighting what might be one of the biggest issues affecting enlistment numbers.

The survey includes responses from over 7,400 service members, veterans, military families, and members of the guard and reserves.

The researchers found that the number of military families recommending enlistment has dropped by over 40 percent.

In 2016, 55 percent of military families encouraged their loved ones to follow in their footsteps. That number fell to 32 percent in 2023.

According to Military.com, the decrease has resulted largely from issues that could easily be fixed.

“Nearly half of respondents were concerned with spousal employment, 38% with time spent away from family, 37% with pay, and 36% and 33% concerned about housing and children’s education, respectively,” they wrote following the survey.

“We’re going to miss the curve in the future” if nothing changes

The survey found that nearly three out of four respondents that are either active duty or associated with an active-duty family member report having to pay out-of-pocket expenses and half of those experience financial stress from it.

Congress has been recently seeking to address these quality-of-life concerns with the goal of increasing pay and making housing more livable.

In January, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy James Honea testified before the house warning that if there isn’t noticeable change, the trend will continue.

“A couple of these problems are so big that if we don’t start taking immediate action on them now, we’re going to miss the curve in the future,” he said.

Congress needs to make necessary changes to deal with military pay amid an inflationary environment that is affecting housing, food costs, and education for the families.

The Blue Star Families survey will help bring attention to the issues plaguing the enlisted soldiers and their families.

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