Despite the significant reduction in the requirements for new recruits, no branch of the US military has been able to meet the recruiting goals it had set itself: only the few Americans who appear are capable of serving in the military at all. And if you can, you don’t want to. Added to this is the dismissal of soldiers unwilling to be vaccinated. Is conscription coming back?
As US media reports, the U.S. Armed Forces failed to meet their targets for recruiting new soldiers in fiscal year 2022. Across the board, from the army to the marines to the navy to the air force, the results are well below expectations. According to NBC, not only are a record low percentage of young Americans able to “serve,” fewer and fewer of those who could are willing to serve in the military.
“This is the beginning of a long dry spell for military recruitment,” Ret said. Lieutenant General Thomas Spoehr of the Heritage Foundation, a think tank, according to NBC. He said the military hadn’t had such trouble recruiting since 1973, the year the US left Vietnam and conscription officially ended. Spoehr said he doesn’t think a reintroduction of conscription is imminent, but “2022 is the year we question the sustainability of the volunteer army.”
The number of those eligible for military service continues to shrink as more young men and women than ever before are disqualified for being overweight, using drugs or having a criminal record. Recently, Army Chief of Staff General James McConville testified before Congress that only 23 percent of Americans ages 17 to 24 are now qualified for military service without having to issue an exemption statement — in recent years it has been still 29 percent. Even high bonuses obviously don’t help, like a CNN report clarifies:
The bonus for new recruits ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 for specific positions that the Army needs to fill quickly or that are difficult to fill due to the skills required, according to USAREC. There are also “Quick Ship” bonuses for those who prepare for basic combat training within 90 days, ranging from $2,000 to $9,000.
Meanwhile, increasingly US soldiers decommissionedif they refuse the experimental Covid shots. They would “pose a risk to the armed forces and jeopardize preparedness,” it said. And this despite the fact that more and more studies show that the gene injections neither prevent the spread nor hospitalizations. In the US Army National Guard are even up to 40,000 soldiers affected.
The longer this situation continues, the fewer military personnel the United States will have at its disposal. After all, there are layoffs, soldiers die, become ill, wounded and / or disabled and retire. Unless the Pentagon relies on extensive automation and (like China, for example) on artificial intelligence, the combat effectiveness of the US armed forces will suffer significantly sooner or later.
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