(DCWatchdog.com) – The United States Army is so lacking in recruits and desperate to fill its ranks that it will no longer require a recruit to have successfully obtained a high school diploma or a G.E.D. degree. The Army is now forced to reduce its planned total force size because of a lack of recruits.
According to the conservative Daily Wire in “U.S. Army Drops High School Diploma Requirement As It Struggles To Find New Recruits”:
“The United States Army has dropped its requirement that recruits must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. degree in an apparent attempt to increase the number of troops…
“The military outlet also noted, ‘The Army and its sister services have scrambled this year, offering increasingly generous benefits and policy tweaks in an effort to improve recruiting numbers. The Army has hit 40% of its recruiting goals this year, with the struggle to fill the ranks seemingly so grim the Defense Department reduced its planned total force size because prior recruiting goals were out of reach.’” [emphasis added]
“On Monday, NBC News reported that every branch of the U.S. military is on schedule to not meet its recruiting goals for the year.
“‘This recruiting crisis is like a slow-moving wave coming at us,’ one senior defense official involved in recruiting and personnel issues told NBC News. ‘As the military has gotten smaller and the public have gotten less and less familiar with those in uniform, it has grown. And COVID accelerated it.’” [emphasis added]
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