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Report: Allowing Soldiers to Serve Closer to Home Could Help Meet Force Goals

October 27, 2023

FEDweek Staff


Army soldiers with the Wichita Recruiting Company hosted a recruitment booth at Hutchinson, Kansas on September 9, 2023. The soldiers hosted the booth at the Kansas State Fairgrounds to interact with the public and inform about enlistment opportunities and benefits. (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, October 26, 2023 / FEDweek

While the Army should be buoyed by the success of retention efforts, concerns remain about the service’s ability to attract new talent, according to a white paper prepared for the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA).

Besides enhancement of recruiting, the paper recommended that the service allow soldiers to “homestead” at single installations rather than be ordered to move themselves and their families. Expansion of career opportunities beyond those now inherent to existing timelines also could have a positive effect.

The paper was prepared by Lt. Col. Amos C. Fox, a doctoral candidate at the University of Reading. He specifically focused on the Army’s recent re-introduction of the Be All You Can Be recruiting slogan of the 1980s, which played a significant role in replenishing manpower in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The suggestions he offered are simply that, he wrote, but he made it clear that something needs to be done.

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