The U.S. military is facing a growing shortage of recruitment — an amount so large that lawmakers are concerned.
“The military has to recognize that there’s an evolution in that young population,” said U.S. Representative Jackie Speier, D-Calif, chair of the Army Personnel Subcommittee. “And if you’re targeting that young population to serve, you have to make it appealing to them.”
Of all the military branches, the US Army is having the hardest time this fiscal year in recruiting new recruits. Other services should manage to achieve their goals, by Stars and Stripesbut fundamental problems continue to make hiring difficult.
“Some services are struggling more than others,” said Mackenzie Eaglen, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. “The Army is definitely struggling the most – they’re also the biggest team. They’re revisiting some fitness standards and some academic standards right now to try and compete until the end of the year. this finance.”
The US Department of Defense did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Watch the video above to learn more about the challenges the US military faces in trying to overcome a growing recruitment crisis.