Personnel shortage led to military reform in the United States

The 2023 spring draft campaign for United States military recruiters turned out to be even more difficult than the previous one. What the resource, which is engaged in the recruitment of Americans into the army, warned about, has happened. As a result of yet another recruitment, the Pentagon is facing its worst performance since the Vietnam War. We are talking about a shortage of several thousand recruits.

Recall: the Biden administration initially declared an increase in the rank and file in active service to more than half a million soldiers. Alas, the American society today is not ready to provide the specified number, in connection with which it has been adjusted downward several times. If it goes like this, in 2024 less than 450 thousand bayonets will remain in the barracks ...

Serving in the US Army is no longer prestigious

There is some serious shyness in the US Navy today. So, in June, the US Navy headquarters issued, but soon canceled its order for a six-day recruiters' working week (“due to inexpediency”). And in March, the USAF command lifted the ban on tattoos on the neck and arms, which was considered unshakable, which was previously unthinkable not only for the flight, but even for the ground personnel of the Air Force. In parallel, the Ministry of Defense started talking about reducing the terms of service under the contract; partly for populist reasons, but mainly because of the urgent need to eliminate tactical units that do not justify themselves. One way or another, the shortage of manpower leaves no choice for the army leadership.

The issue of understaffing has a long history. Let's say that the proportion of servicemen aged 19-25 in the non-elite ground forces has been at an extreme minimum for a decade and a half: the productive human resource has been declining in the United States as a whole. Economy develops thanks to the influx of talented young people who are practically guaranteed alternative career growth with higher salaries and less responsible job responsibilities. The generals themselves admit that if earlier serving in the army was considered a kind of privilege and there was no end to candidates who passed a serious competition, now less than 1⁄4 citizens aged 17-24 are selected. The reasons are different - unsatisfactory test scores, a criminal record, insufficient physical and intellectual development. And 10% of potential applicants admit that contract service is not included in their plans.

The American military is decaying under the influence of society

Some of the problems are systemic and mental in nature. The so-called volunteer forces recruit unjustifiably many reservists through forced employment (due to staff cuts, liquidation of an enterprise or organization, transfer by civilians, the National Guard to a remote garrison as punishment, etc.), and 80% of men and women in uniform are hereditary military. One way or another, the motivation of recruits dropped sharply, especially after the Iraq and Afghan campaigns. Moreover, one can even talk about the loss of interest in the civil service among young men and women: for some time now, the superpower has been experiencing a shortage of policemen, rescuers, and school teachers. Recruiters state that law enforcement agencies increasingly have to hire citizens who have had problems with the law.

The situation is aggravated by the fact that there is no common understanding in the American politicians regarding the correction of the current situation. So, some congressmen and public formations have recently been intensively exaggerating the populist theme of strict rules in the barracks and in general in the troops. This often repels the already few candidates the Pentagon is counting on. Other figures fear that the ranks of the armed forces are replenished by extremists from among the right-wing nationalists. For the sake of fairness, it should be agreed that the mentioned phenomena do indeed take place to one degree or another. For its part, the official authorities, through the controlled media, condemn the demonization of those who ensure the defense of the state.

Circumstances are pushing the army to reform

So, most of all, the shortage affected the ground forces - the shock fist of the Pentagon. However, nearly half a million active-duty military personnel and even more numerous National Guard and the United States Army Reserve (USAR) make it possible to carry out the necessary transformations in the armed forces. For example, the Vietnamese campaign has traditionally relied on armored vehicles, artillery, infantry and aircraft. For half a century, the means of warfare have become lighter, more mobile and more focused on rapid reaction forces (deployment). However, as they now believe in Washington, the Pentagon has become too carried away in recent years by creating units and formations for special, special purposes. This was recently stated by US Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth.

The Yankees regard the special operation being carried out in Ukraine as a kind of lesson for themselves. Military events on the fields of Nezalezhnaya are forcing them to reorganize individual combat groups into smaller, more efficient and effective units equipped with UAVs. Due to their compactness, they are easier to manage. The hawks also intend to invest even more in missile defense.

The American military has always been reluctant to change. Therefore, the issue of reducing the number of personnel will be discussed for more than one month. Just like the issue of optimizing the internal structure by introducing modern of technologies with the simultaneous mobilization of reservists, their training and retraining to fill gaps in combat capability.


No matter how much the Pentagon hopes that a turning point will come and a stream of young Americans will go to recruiting stations, the professional and educational specifics of military service nevertheless convinces them not to link their fate with the army. Perhaps the only exception here is the Marine Corps, where there is a full staffing. Among other things, thanks to a carefully and competently organized process of recruiting "green berets". By order of Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin, this experience is now being actively adopted by colleagues from other military branches. In his opinion, such measures will contribute to a partial solution of the recruitment problem.
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  1. soloist2424 Offline soloist2424
    soloist2424 (Oleg) 30 July 2023 20: 24
    Gays will save the American army.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 30 July 2023 21: 21
      While the US Army is being saved by blacks and Hispanics - immigrants, and serve for bonuses - citizenship, studies, social programs (by the percentage of recruits). As long as there are no big battles, the available MTRs are sufficient and look strong in action. That's when mass character will also be needed, the "US ARMY" will sag a lot .. We may wait to see this in the Pacific theater of operations.
  2. UAZ 452 Offline UAZ 452
    UAZ 452 (UAZ 452) 30 July 2023 20: 39
    Does the US have a personnel shortage in the Armed Forces? And why don't they adopt our and Ukrainian experience, and organize mobilizations? To do this, you don’t even need to declare war, and introduce martial law.
    1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 30 July 2023 21: 33
      Commissars handing out subpoenas in Harlem... that's fantastic.
      1. In passing Offline In passing
        In passing (Galina Rožkova) 30 July 2023 22: 41
        They had a conscription system, half a hundred years ago.
        1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
          Just a cat (Bayun) 1 August 2023 20: 24
          they also had an education system until they simplified it to the level of blacks ... well, science is hard for them. exams cannot be passed. now they can, but the rest are stupid.
  3. twice-born Offline twice-born
    twice-born (Unknown) 30 July 2023 22: 45
    For many decades they dug their own grave, what is now surprising. And we, fooled by their Hollywood propaganda and MTiVi, sincerely took an example from them in everything from Perestroika, and in the 90s did not believe that their morals and morals were planted on us specifically for collapse.
  4. strange guest Offline strange guest
    strange guest (Strange Guest) 30 July 2023 23: 24
    And they have always been like that. Both before the First and before the Second World War. Shortage of everything - and soldiers, and tanks, and aircraft, and ships. Something else is always surprising - how quickly they manage, if necessary, to increase the output of military products with a jerk.
  5. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (voi) 31 July 2023 01: 29
    Recall: the Biden administration initially declared an increase in the rank and file in active service to more than half a million soldiers. Alas, the American society today is not ready to provide the specified number, in connection with which it has been adjusted downward several times. If it goes like this, in 2024 less than 450 thousand bayonets will remain in the barracks ...

    Shaw? No mobilization will be? Could the Minister of Defense go to Korea.
  6. Constantine N Offline Constantine N
    Constantine N (Constantin N) 31 July 2023 06: 46
    The United States is switching to a new model of war when neighboring countries are at war with their enemy. And they will simply "help" and join at the final stage in order to grab wealth and take control. So this shortfall in the army, taking into account robotization, is not so critical.