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Although the planet may be more dangerous than ever in terms of armed conflict or the potential for the same, the big-spending Biden administration’s fiscal 2023 budget anticipates shrinking the number of active-duty U.S. Army troops to 473,000, which is purportedly the smallest cohort since just before World War II.
Pentagon officials admit that they have encountered struggles in recruiting potential soldiers into the service.
At a press conference, Under Secretary of the Army Gabe Camarillo attributed what he described as a proactive, temporary measure to a tight job market.
“Unlike every other employer in the economy, we’re facing, obviously, some challenging conditions in terms of our ability to recruit and attract talent. It’s no different all of us in the Department of Defense are all in a war for talent every single year…And so, we made the decision to just temporarily reduce end strength, as opposed to lowering our standards,” he said on March 28.
“We don’t anticipate that it is a lasting change…And it’s something that we certainly think is reflective of what we hope to be transient conditions in the labor market.”
The Army also intends to cut back its troop strength from its authorized 485,00 to 476,000 in fiscal year 2022.
“The plan is to regrow the active force back to 485,000 troops across the five-year budget plan, though it’s not clear when that will occur,” the Military Times noted.
Biden officials want to build back better perhaps.
“I would just want to emphasize that this is not a budget driven decision. It’s about maintaining high quality of our talents and of our recruiting, and we will look to build back up our end strength over the course of the [Future Years Defense Program],” Camarillo noted at the beginning of his remarks at the presser.
The plan is subject to congressional approval.
Troop strength in the Army National Guard and Reserves remains unchanged.
Against the backdrop of purported difficulties in recruitment, the Army nonetheless intends to discharge thousands of already qualified and trained soldiers who have declined the COVID-19 jab. Other branches of the military have a similar mandate in place.
Army lt. col. may have ended career with a tweet: ‘It’s time to resign’ over COVID vaxx mandate https://t.co/og46vPGd21
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) February 9, 2022
In what he characterized as an unprecedented situation, retired Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr of the Heritage Foundation attributed the Army’s recruiting headwinds to applicants deemed unqualified owing to obesity, fitness, and mental health issues.
In addition to more attractive private-sector opportunities, “the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan has also caused some to question our military and their competence,” he told Breitbart News.
The obsession with far-left identity politics throughout the entire chain of command, including under go-along to get-along generals and other officers, could be a significant factor, Spoehr implied.
“There is a sense among the American public that the military is becoming increasingly political and that topics such as race and gender equity, critical race theory, and wokeism in general are commanding more attention, at the cost of readiness,” the general said
He also warned of less-capable military units if the cuts go through.
Dana Perino asks Pentagon spox John Kirby about ‘wokeness in the military,’ only to get canned reply https://t.co/4z7lQjucSx
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) January 30, 2022
Common sense suggests that the so-called People’s Liberation Army in CCP-controlled China, for example, in no way concerns itself with pronouns or anything like that as it trains its fighting force.
Under the Biden administration, moreover, the U.S. Army has prioritized climate change as a threat to national security.
U.S. Army urges immediate action on new plan to tackle ‘existential threat’ of climate change via @BIZPACReview – https://t.co/q77meKLfcy
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 12, 2022
Separately, the Associated Press reported last week that “the Army has scrapped its move to have a physical fitness test that is gender- and age-neutral, and will now allow women and older soldiers to pass while meeting some reduced standards. The decision comes after a study by the RAND research organization confirmed that men were passing the new six-event fitness test at a much higher rate than women and that older soldiers were also struggling with their scores in the expanded, more difficult test developed in 2019.”
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