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US Military Faces Biggest Recruiting Hurdles in 50 Years (1)

Sept. 21, 2022, 7:39 PMUpdated: Sept. 21, 2022, 8:56 PM

The US military is facing the greatest recruiting challenge in almost half a century, since the inception of the volunteer service, Pentagon leaders are warning Congress.

“The Department anticipates we will collectively miss our recruiting mission despite accessing more than 170,000 remarkable young men and women” in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, Stephanie Miller, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military personnel policy, said Wednesday in prepared testimony before the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee. “This constitutes an unprecedented mission gap and is reason for concern.”

While all the military services struggle to attract new recruits, the Army’s ...