Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy. Photo: Sgt. Michael West/U.S. Army

Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy got right to the point on Tuesday when he told reporters that the service's deteriorating housing conditions are "embarrassing," and that leadership has "got to do better."

"Any time that there are challenges for the homes of our soldiers and we're not doing anything about it, it's embarrassing," McCarthy said. "It's a reflection on me, and every leader in the Army. We've got to do better."

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Recruits take the oath of enlistment before a NFL game in Arizona, November 2018. Photo: Alun Thomas/U.S. Army Recruiting

Army Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that some schools "are not letting our recruiters in" to talk to students, and some school counselors "are not even presenting [the Army] as an opportunity, the chance to serve their country."

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