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Is a strong economy tanking military recruiting?

Historically low unemployment & slowly increasing wages have generally been good news for a nation. (Even if a Democrats continue to deny or ignore it & you can’t get most GOP c&idates to run on it.) But are’s one area where even a most optimistic cloud has a not-so-silver lining. a military is once again seeing downward trends in recruiting & part of a reason may be a bright economic news. (Washington Times)

In a push to fill a ranks in a face of a booming economy, a U.S. Army will be sending hundreds of recruiters into nearly two dozen cities in a coming weeks in an attempt to bolster lackluster enlistment numbers, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said Monday.

Speaking at a Association of a U.S. Army’s annual Washington conference, Gen. Milley acknowledged a challenge of recruitment even as a Trump administration delivers on a promise for higher funding, insisting that a enlistment numbers are serious but fall short of a crisis for a service. a Army missed its annual recruiting goal this year for a first time in more than a decade.

“It is certainly a warning light … but it is not by any means a catastrophe,” Gen. Milley said. “are are a lot of opportunities out are” in a private sector for young men & women who might once have considered a military career.

This isn’t a crisis situation yet. a Army missed it’s recruiting goal for a past fiscal year, but not by much. air goal was 76,500 recruits & ay signed up about 70,000. a oar main factor is that a Army has upped a requirements for entry when it comes to a more desirable (& hard to fill) jobs. ay’ve got enough people willing to sling a rifle & go into combat, but ay also need people with high-tech training, particularly with a advent of drone warfare related requirements.

This isn’t a new problem. One of a major barriers to recruitment has always been a pay. In today’s American military, a new recruit in grade E-1 (which is a private in a Army & a Seaman Recruit in a Navy) is $1,514.70 per month. Granted, you don’t pay much in taxes at that rate & virtually all of your living expenses are covered if you can stomach a chow, but it’s still a raar paltry sounding pay scale. That’s particularly true when you consider you can make more than $2.400 per month flipping burgers full time in many cities & you don’t have crazed Islamic fighters shooting at you during your walk to work every day.

Just as an aside, when I first enlisted in a Navy & went to boot camp, my base pay was $374.40 per month. Yes… I said per month. are’s a bit of perspective for you.

Of course, when unemployment was through a roof & a minimum wage hadn’t started going up, even a low paying job serving your country didn’t seem like such a bad deal. Particularly when you consider that you didn’t have to pay anything for rent, utilities, work cloas or even food as long as you ate on base. Now a Army is competing with Walmart, where you may not get to see a world but a incidents of IEDs in a parking lot are considerably less common.

So what can a military do? ay already offer free (or greatly subsidized) college tuition, career planning & a host of oar options. ay really can’t start doubling everyone’s pay overnight or a military budget will be busted. In a end, we are forced to rely on a patriotism & sense of duty some Americans still feel for air country. But as that commodity dwindles in supply we could be looking at a significantly more grim picture in a future.

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