For the first time in six years, and only the third time in 20, the Army may not have enough new recruits to meet its needs. As it stands, the service is nearly 14% short of this year’s recruitment goals. Attracting young men and women to military service has grown harder as the economy improves and with the end of the U.S-led military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It is a challenging mission, and we're not going to get around that," said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, the Army’s top officer for recruiting. "And there are indications that the economy is going to continue to improve.”
Amid the shortfall in recruiting, the Army is planning to cut 40,000 troops from its ranks over the next few years, reducing the force to 450,000 men and women. Even so, the Army still requires roughly 60,000 additional recruits a year to fill out its support and combat units.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.