US Running Out of Soldiers in New National Security Threat

The United States is facing a new national security threat and it is a terribly grave one – fewer and fewer Americans are willing to join the US military to defend their country.

No Way Far-Left Propaganda Doesn’t Take a Toll

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated the low military recruitment rates in the US are a de facto “national security threat.”

Naturally, the report does not ascribe the declining recruitment to far-left propaganda, but it details how the Defense Department is struggling to find recruits because of factors such as poor physical fitness, education, and substance abuse, as cited by Timcast.

According to GAO, the problems the Pentagon has with both the enlisting and retention of service personnel meant the US military found itself in its “most challenging recruitment environment” since the draft ended.

GAO’s National Security Snapshot report informs that about 25% of all Americans aged 17-24 can meet the US military’s service requirements, which include fitness and education standards.

At the same time, in a 2022 internal survey by the Defense Department, which was leaked by NBC News, only 9% of Americans who are qualified to join the US military actually would like to do so.

At the same time, a whopping 57% of those polled said they thought serving in the military would give them psychological or emotional problems. So much for the effects of the constant far-left anti-American propaganda!

Retention Doesn’t Fare Much Better Than Recruitment

On top of everything else, the GAO report outlines how the Defense Department is struggling to even retain the service personnel that’s already been recruited.

The documents point to a wide range of factors in that regard – including job dissatisfaction, childcare, private sector competition, sexual harassment, and organizational culture.

The report reveals personnel losses are very expensive; for instance, training military cyber professionals costs between $200,000 and $500,000 and takes up to three years.

The report recommends a number of measures to boost retention and recruitment, ranging from updating bonuses and pay to defining active duty obligations, improving non-monetary incentives, and updating tattoo policies.

This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.