And now, after years of difficulty, senior leaders in Congress and the recruiting office are wondering if the ranks can even be filled any longer, the Military Times reported.
The U.S. Army alone missed its 2022 recruiting goals by 15,000 recruits, and missed its Congressionally-authorized goals by nearly 20,000. Service officials subsequently told Congress that they did not believe they could rebound in 2023, resulting in the lowering of standards.
Many warned that the lack of recruiting success does not bode well for the future of military operations.
“End strength is supposed to be tied to requirements,” said Katherine Kuzminski, a member of the Center for a New American Security. “And so the question becomes: if the end strength is reduced, are the requirements reduced?”
The military’s woke policies, like most, stem from America’s “elite” universities.
One of the most disastrous of those policies was the now-repealed vaccine mandate, which thinned out the ranks and slowed recruiting, despite the fact that the mainstream media systematically ignored the problem.
“The opaqueness of the Department continues to frustrate Members of Congress attempting to perform oversight of the Executive Branch,” U.S. Republicans Reps. Mike Johnson, Chip Roy and Thomas Massie wrote. “Our repeated inquiries remain unanswered.”
Former Marine Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold likewise attacked the military’s woke policies, suggesting that the upper level administration has “warfare dementia.”
“This ‘warfare dementia’ is a dangerous and potentially catastrophic malady, because the price for it could alter the success of the American experiment and most assuredly will be paid in blood,” Newbold wrote.
He noted that ideology has no place in the military, which must be aimed at winning wars.
“The condition is exacerbated and enabled when the most senior military leaders — those who ought to know better — defer to the idealistic judgments of those whose credentials are either nonexistent or formed entirely by ideology.”