The Pentagon is reportedly not recruiting at the level the military anticipated causing high-level meetings to attempt to find a way to address the problem.
According to a report by Breitbart News, the issue up for consideration is about dropping some of the 250 disqualifiers for military service.
The Pentagon may disregard some medical issues like asthma and ADHD and focus more on enlisting undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as minors, the report said.
For each branch of the military, the severity of the issue is not entirely evident, but the Army, which is the biggest branch, is having historic difficulties. Only around 40% of its enlisted recruiting goals have been attained for the fiscal year 2022, which ends on September 30 in three months.
According to Military.com, the Army this week stated that it will waive its requirement that recruits have high school diplomas or GEDs if they can report to basic training by October 1.
Only 9% of young Americans who were eligible to join the military had any interest in doing so, according to an official DOD study that NBC News was able to get. This is the lowest percentage since 2007.
Additionally, nearly half of the young Americans surveyed thought they would experience bodily problems and more than half thought they would experience emotional or psychological issues as a result of their military service. There is now “no national call to service,” according to the commander of an Army recruitment station who asked to remain unnamed: “I joined simply because of 9/11,” he told Breitbart News.
Additionally, he claimed that the concept of serving one’s nation is under attack, particularly among young Americans, who traditionally make up the majority of military recruits: “National pride is at an all-time low and this generation has grown up in an era that sees their nation’s history constantly scrutinized and no longer celebrated,” he added.
Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, a specialist at the Heritage Foundation, thinks that the desire for public service is declining.
“Over time American society has placed less and less value on the idea of public service,” he told Breitbart News in an interview in March on the Army’s recruiting difficulties.