Military recruitment falls to pre-WWII numbers

by ian

As recruitment continues to dwindle, things are not looking good for the U.S. military going into the new year.

The Defense Department now tells Congress the US will have its smallest fighting force since before World War II going into 2024, a force of about 1.28 million. This comes as the Army, Navy, and Air Force missed their recruitment goals this year by a combined 41,000.

One Pentagon official says recruitment is facing “one of its greatest challenges” since the draft ended in the 1970s. Many Republicans say the military’s recent emphasis on LGBT and racial issues is harming recruitment.

Earlier this month, recruiting officials dismissed those concerns saying the real issue is a cultural shift away from military service.