Why Is There An Army Recruiting Shortage?
Why is the Army Struggling to Recruit? The Army recruitment struggles stem from multiple factors including low propensity among young people due to fear of injury or death; medical and mental health barriers; changing societal attitudes toward marijuana use; sexual harassment scandals impacting female enlistment rates; retention issues exacerbating shortages; and outdated views on mental health treatments. As we look toward the Army recruiting shortage goals of 2023, it’s clear that there are several challenges facing recruiters and potential recruits alike. From changing societal attitudes towards marijuana use to the impact of COVID-related disruptions on education, there are many factors contributing to this ongoing problem. However, there is hope on the horizon. With initiatives like pre-basic training courses and expanded recruiter assistance programs, as well as a renewed focus on recruiting qualified women while addressing sexual harassment/assault incidents, we can work together to overcome these obstacles and build a stronger military for years to come.