U.S. Military Recruiting Falls Short

[July 2, 2022]  Why do people join the U.S. military?  Deep down, if you don’t know the answer, then you are not in sync with our country.  Young folks join the military to be part of a noble goal to protect and defend the nation; military recruiting efforts tell them so.  They may say they join for the benefits, the generous vacation time, and the opportunity to travel, but those reasons are all way down the list.

The Biden Pentagon (infected by the progressive likes of Gen. Mark Milley and SecDef Lloyd Austin III) is falling far short of its military recruitment goals, prompting high-level meetings to figure out what’s wrong.  They will meet only 40% of their goal this year, a historic low.  Now, we are lowering our medical and mental standards to attract more.

That’s not how you solve the problem, and, yes, I don’t think Milley or Austin can figure out the real reason.

Last year I commented on how their recruiting ads sullied the Army’s reputation through crude attempts to pander to the young “woke” crowd.  The Pentagon fell flat on their faces.  When recruiting ads tell us that the mission of our fighting forces is to explain microaggressions and critical race theory to Afghan Tribesmen, you can hear a U.S. Marine gunny sergeant throwing up in the background.

When you repeatedly tell people that America is the land built on slavery and racism and that all white people are racists, misogynists, homophobic, and guilty of implicit terrorism against all “colored” people, then don’t expect folks to sign up too quickly.  There is surely no noble goal in joining any group they continue to describe as immoral, unethical, and violent against women, minorities, and gays.  And, now, hatred of transgender people.  Go figure.

The Pentagon is blaming a tight job market and lack of access to High Schools during the pandemic lockdowns.  But even they know they have a messaging problem.  More than half of young people believe they will have psychological problems after serving, and half think they will have physical problems too.

One Army recruiting station commander who wished to speak anonymously noted that there is currently “no national call to service.”  “National pride is at an all-time low, and this generation has grown up in an era that sees their nation’s history constantly scrutinized and no longer celebrated,” he added.  As usual, the rank and file have figured out the problem, but the brass is still blaming their personal failures on a more elusive ghost.

The disastrous retreat from Afghanistan, the politicization of senior officers, the introduction of anti-American propaganda, the pushing of leftwing ideology, and the demonization of American history.  Who would want to be part of that?  And, who is doing all this?  The Democrat Party and their media allies.  We all know that it’s true.  And their failures as true patriots come at a cost.

The solution is that political “leaders” Gen. Milley and SecDef Austin must resign now.  All the services’ Secretaries need to go.  In addition, those senior Generals and Admirals bidding their time should immediately leave the service.  We know who you are, and we will never ever forget.

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16 thoughts on “U.S. Military Recruiting Falls Short

  1. Army Captain

    No one with any brains is surprised. When you have a “woke” military, no one with any real manhood in them will want to join.

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  2. osmodsann

    Here is the heart of what Gen. Satterfield is saying, “When you repeatedly tell people that America is the land built on slavery and racism and that all white people are racists, misogynists, homophobic, and guilty of implicit terrorism against all “colored” people, then don’t expect folks to sign up too quickly. There is surely no noble goal in joining any group they continue to describe as immoral, unethical, and violent against women, minorities, and gays. And, now, hatred of transgender people. Go figure.” Even my 9-year old daughter knows better than pres. Biden.

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  3. Forrest Gump

    When leaders denigrate their organizations and then wonder why they can’t recruit qualified new folks in the right numbers, then they are just stuck on stupid.

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    1. Greg Heyman

      Forrest, you are always bombing the target with your comments. Keep them coming our way. We love it.

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  4. Army Captain

    There is only one way for senior military leaders and political appointees to object publicly to the president’s decisions: submit their resignation. Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice specifically prohibits commissioned officers from using contemptuous words against the president and certain other public officials, and, for civilian political appointees, showing public disagreement with the president would certainly result in dismissal.

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    1. JT Patterson

      As Gen. Satterfield has said before, they should have thrown their stars on the table and said “I resign.” There is no other honorable alternative.

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      1. DocJeff

        Yep, got that right. Yet, despite the strategic blunder created by the president in precipitously abandoning Afghanistan, neither Gen. Lloyd Austin, the secretary of defense, nor Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has submitted his resignation.

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      2. Ernest

        The rapid, unplanned, uncoordinated departure from Afghanistan has weakened U.S. legitimacy around the globe, the effects of which will become apparent in the next need for coalition action or active U.S. presence abroad.

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        1. Willie Strumburger

          Keystone Kops couldn’t have done worse. Milley and Austin are idiots playing with fire. Only we get burned. I hope the next US President jay walks them out of their jobs, destroys their careers, and stops them from receiving any pension.

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  5. Yusaf from Texas

    Spot on article this morning. Everyone should read it. A striking indictment on the horrible leadership in American military leadership. Let’s hope there is no war, or maybe Gen. Milley and Austin can send over soldiers to teach the enemy about microagressions.

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  6. Emma Archambeau

    Love this website and naming names. Wow, got it. Go for it gen. Satterfield. We love you too. ❤❤❤❤❤

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  7. Bryan Z. Lee

    If there is one thing that is terribly embarrassing about the US military, its the wokeness that infected it. The look for the racist boogey man and couldn’t find him so they just painted all white male soldiers as racists. That’s Milley all over. Fire the rainbow Milley now.

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  8. Army Vet

    No one should be surprised when the entire senior leadership went WOKE. Gen. Milley, we no longer trust your judgment and we have Zero confidence you can lead our military. Resign now. Save yourself the embarrassment of being fired.

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    1. Tom Bushmaster

      Army Vet, we’re with you on this one. ✔ Gen. Milley, out now!

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