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U.S. enters 2024 with its smallest military in over 80 years as active-duty troop numbers sink to less than 1.3 million and all branches except Space Force MISS recruiting goals and Pentagon issue ‘national call of service’ to Gen Z
- Pentagon officials say recruitment is more difficult than it used to be
- Military says a ‘national call to service’ is needed
- Active-duty numbers have not been so low since 1941
By Nick Allen For Dailymail.com, 17 December 2023
The United States is set to enter 2024 with its smallest military in more than eight decades and faces one of its ‘greatest challenges’ as it tries to boost recruiting from Gen Z, Pentagon officials said.
Under the $886 billion annual defense bill passed by Congress this week total active-duty troop numbers will fall to 1,284,500 next year.
That is the lowest total since before the U.S. entered the Second World War in 1941 and officials said there should be a ‘national call to service’.
Recent recruitment targets were missed in the Army, Navy and Air Force, although the Marine Corps and the newly established Space Force reached their goals.
This week Ashish Vazirani, the Pentagon’s acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness, told the House Armed Services Committee that the individual services missed their recruitment goals in 2023 by a combined 41,000 personnel.
Marines at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 6, 2023
He said: “That number understates the challenge before us as the services lowered end-strength goals in recent years, in part because of the difficult recruiting environment.”
Vazirani said the ‘all-volunteer force faces one of its greatest challenges since (its) inception’ in the 1970s when the draft ceased.
Military recruiters say Generation Z – those born between 1997 and 2012 generally have a ‘low trust in institutions’ and have ‘decreasingly followed traditional life and career paths.’
They have fewer relatives who served in the military leading to less inclination to serve,.
Two decades ago 25 per cent of young people had never thought about joining the military, but that figure is now more than 50 percent.
“This has led to a disconnect between the military and a large share of society,” Vazirani said.
“Youth of today are not saying no to what the military has to offer, they simply don’t know much about military service.’
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