August 7, 2015
The Army is having trouble reaching its recruiting goals this year, currently falling 14-percent short.
the economy continues to strengthen and the unemployment rate dips down
to 5.3 percent, the Army faces tough competition to sign new recruits.
new recruits are necessary for combat and support units, the Army is
required to reduce its size by 40,000 over the next several years.
Unfortunately, in addition to strong private-sector competition,
potential recruits are also witnessing a severe drawdown that is creating angst among those currently serving and their families.
is a challenging mission, and we're not going to get around that,” said
Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, commander of Army Recruiting Command.
missing midyear projections, Army leadership is hopeful they will meet
the goal of 59,000 new recruits by the end of the fiscal year.
these recruiting challenges, Congress continues to push for balancing
the budget on the backs of the military. Chipping away at pay and
benefits will only make recruiting more difficult.
recruits are paying attention,” said Col. Mike Barron, USA (Ret), a MOAA
deputy director of Government Relations. “If the Army expects to meet
recruitment levels now and in the future, we need to make sure we take
care of those who serve.”
still debating the FY 2016 defense bill. Please send your elected officials a MOAA-suggested
message today, and urge them not
to cut military benefits and compensation.