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Old 11-13-2023, 06:14 AM
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Apparently just over half of the “last minute recruiters” showed up for training last week.


The Army is short on soldiers, 30,000 short. The draft FY24 NDAA has (will?) reduced the total Army by 32,000 soldiers, which will “help” the shortage but the problem exists. So recruiting standards are being lowered (along with recruit standards) so the balance is equally “lowered”.

The problem is the Army doesn’t know how to fix the recruting problems. If you google Army recruiting, now it’s a phrase “back to the future”. Basically going back to what the Army has done before and that is merge all recruiting efforts under one lucky 3 star general.


Part of the narrative is to “save money” by combining enlisted and officer recruitment. Good times ahead!
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Old 11-15-2023, 02:06 PM
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This is done in the Air Force, too. There are some jobs that mainly rely on voluntary appointments.

One example is when I was in aircraft maintenance. They were having trouble getting people to want to be Tech School instructors in my career field. Nobody volunteered. So they pulled everyone’s records, found out who had 4 year degrees, and they non volunteered a good friend of mine. Luckily for me, I wasn’t finished with my degree yet, so I wasn’t chosen. He was very happy working on the flightline, very happy being at the base we were stationed at. He was also married to a woman he met in the local area.

The needs of the Air Force come first. He had to immediately go to instructor school, then move across country to Sheppard Air Force Base, teach lesson plans all day instead of work on planes. His wife had to leave all of her family and friends behind.

He did his 4 year controlled tour as an instructor, then went back to flightline maintenance at a new base.

So while I feel for these soldiers who will have their lives turned upside down, the needs of the Army come first. Everybody should know this. Your life can change in a moment’s notice.

I remember getting called a week before Thanksgiving, told that I was deploying immediately for 6 months. No notice. I’ve had PCS orders cancelled and changed to a new base. I’ve PCS’d to a base to start work, and then transferred to a different unit doing a completely different job than what I had volunteered to do.
yep - I had basically three days to pack my bags and get ready to go to Kuwait - Air Force. Landed there on Christmas Eve.
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