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Army Recruiting Gets a Hard Look

February 2, 2024

FEDweek Staff



Army soldiers with the Wichita Recruiting Company hosted a recruitment booth at Hutchinson, Kansas on September 9, 2023. (Army Reserve photo by Pfc. Aiden Griffitts) The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

By FEDweek Staff, February 2, 2024

Fixing the Army’s recruiting problems will take a “whole-of-nation effort,” the authors of a new white paper believe.

The study, ‘Be All You Can Be’ – the U.S. Army’s Recruiting Transformation, explores and outlines ways the service can address the problem. The shortage of recruits is the worst since the all-volunteer force was created 50 years ago, authors Lt. Col. Frank Dolberry and Charles McEnany wrote. The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) sponsored the project.

The authors noted that the Army missed its 2022 recruiting goal of 60,000 soldiers by 15,000, and again fell short of its 2023 goal of 65,000 new soldiers by 10,000. End strength now rests at 452,000 – the lowest since World War II – the authors wrote.

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