Pentagon Falling Short In Recruiting, Brass Says Kids Don’t Want To Serve

  • The United States Air Force is currently struggling to obtain new airmen for its ranks and will likely miss its active-duty, reserve, and Air National Guard recruitment plans in 2023, Air Force secretary Frank Kendall said this week.
  • “We are swimming upstream against the reduced propensity to serve nationally across the board and a limited percentage of qualified candidates.”
  • According to Michael Rubin, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (A.E.I.) and former Pentagon official, the Air Force “isn’t alone in this problem.”
  • “Across the U.S. military, missed goals are becoming the rule rather than the exception. It is not just about tattoos or physical fitness. It really suggests a broader cultural shift across society,” Rubin said.
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