The US Army has backed off a plan to enlist a massive number of high school dropouts to make up for having met only 40% of its recruiting goal with only 90 days left in FY2022. My colleague, Alex Parker, covered the initial story in US Army Jettisons GED Requirement Amid an Ever-Woker Defense Department’s Desperation . The Army, along with the other services , faces an ongoing crisis to fill in the ranks amid a convergence of issues, including an increasingly competitive civilian job market and the military losing some public awareness in the absence of a major conflict. So far, the Army has only hit about 40% of its recruiting goals this year. On June 23, the service said that it would drop the requirement for completing high school under the condition that enlistees quickly ship out to boot camp, setting a deadline of Oct. 1 to begin training. However, the move was met with some mockery online and accusations of it being a desperate measure, lowering standards to fill in the ranks wherever the Army could. “Some people have frankly become very self-conscious of the news coverage,” an Army official with direct knowledge of the policy change told Military.com. Before I move forward on this, a bit about my background. As most of you know, I’m a former infantry officer. When I left command of a light infantry company, I was selected to be an Inspector General investigator in US Army Recruiting Command. As part of this assignment, I had to attend the Command’s course for recruiting company commanders so I’d know what was expected of the people I was investigating. I investigated malfeasance and misconduct, and when the human-frailty business was slack, I accompanied inspection teams on their rounds. I did this for 3 1/2 […]
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