(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- It was reported last week that every branch of the US military is struggling to meet its FY2022 recruitment goals.
Multiple military and defense officials told NBC News last week that recruiting numbers show a record low percentage of young Americans who are eligible to serve, and only a tiny fraction of those eligible Americans are willing to enlist.
Maybe now was a bad time to discharge service members for refusing to get the COVID vaccine.
The officials who spoke with NBC News said Pentagon top brass are scrambling to figure out how to find recruits. Both Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks consider the recruitment shortfall a serious issue and have been conducting frequent meetings with Pentagon leadership to address it.
According to Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr of the Heritage Foundation, the last time the military had such a hard time signing recruits was in 1973 after the draft officially ended and the US left Vietnam.
The reasons, however, couldn’t be more different.
More young people than ever are now disqualified from joining the military for obesity, drug use, or criminal records.
In May, Army Chief of Staff, General James McConville, told Congress that only 23 percent of Americans between 17 and 24 are qualified to serve without receiving a waiver.
NBC News obtained an internal Defense Department survey that found only 9 percent of that 23 percent had any inclination to sign up. That’s the lowest rate since 2007.
According to the Pentagon, one of the biggest influences on young people choosing to enlist is having a parent who served.
But according to the DoD survey, only 13 percent of respondents had a parent who served in the military. That is a significant drop from 1995 when about 40 percent had a parent who served.
It certainly hasn’t helped that overall confidence in US institutions has plummeted in recent years. A 2021 survey from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute found only 45 percent of Americans had a great deal of trust in the US military. That’s a 25-point drop from where it was in 2018.
One defense official described the recruiting crisis as “a slow-moving wave coming at us.”
In a column at 19fortyfive.com, writer Mackenzie Eaglen warned that the entire Defense Department must adopt an “Operation Warp Speed tempo” to maintain US combat power.
Read Eaglen’s column HERE.