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 November 2, 2023

Army soldiers called up last minute as recruiting shortages continue

The Army has suddenly assigned a group of non-commissioned officers to become recruiters to fill vacancies among personnel.

The Wednesday decision impacts 800 military service members who will ship out to Fort Knox for training.

The statement

“We discovered recently just looking at the class of non-commissioned officers coming out, rotating out of Recruiting Command and what was projected to go in the losses exceeded the gains. In order to maintain momentum that we’re seeing within the recruiting force that we’re starting to set the conditions for transformation we made a last-we made the decision this week to bump up the numbers,” Lt. Gen. Douglas Stitt said.

“I’d like to first of all apologize to the soldiers and the families that received this last-minute notification. That mistake is mine,” he said.

The concern

"The Army has launched far-reaching reforms that will transform how it attracts and recruits new soldiers," according to a Military Times reported last month.

"The moves come after the service failed to meet its recruiting targets for two consecutive fiscal years, which caused its end strength to fall from an original level of 485,000 in late 2021 to around 452,000 active duty soldiers today — its smallest full-time force since 1940, the year before the U.S. entered World War II," it continued.

The impact of war

"The escalation of Iranian backed terror groups in the Middle East is raising concerns that Israel's war against Hamas can grow into a much larger global conflict," KFOX 14 reported.

"This comes as the U.S. is spending billions of taxpayer dollars for Israel and Ukraine as we face our own crisis and keeping our military strong," it noted.

In addition to global conflicts, the U.S. military has struggled to meet recruiting numbers since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Armed Forces' vaccine requirements deterred many from joining, with thousands of members leaving the military.

The problems have also been impacted with concerns over "woke" politics influencing military policy. The changes have discouraged some traditional pro-Americans families from continuing the tradition of encouraging military service for their children.

The recruiting crisis has now led to an abrupt change of orders for hundreds of military officers who will now focus on finding more recruits just ahead of the holidays.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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