The Military is Getting Desperate for Recruits

According to reports from each military service, “US Army misses recruiting goal,” recruiting is down. This means they will turn to desperate measures to get people signed up. The theory is that when jobs pay little or there is high unemployment, it is easier for the military to recruit from low-income areas.

The Military is Getting Desperate for Recruits

According to reports from each military service, “US Army misses recruiting goal,” recruiting is down. This means they will turn to desperate measures to get people signed up. The theory is that when jobs pay little or there is high unemployment, it is easier for the military to recruit from low-income areas.

So, paying more money seems to be their strategy but they are up against a job market that is paying more in hiring and a market where unemployment is low. Another theory is that because college tuition is high, as it has been rising since the 80s, the military becomes a cheaper alternative to the working poor.

It has always been a game rigged to keep low-income communities poor and uneducated so they have no other choice but to join the military. Another way the military kept recruiting high is they flooded high schools and snatched young men of color before they could hit the real world. But when covid hit and schools closed, there was a drop in recruiting.

Other reasons for low recruitment are criminal records and medical issues. “Exacerbating the problem is the fact that according to estimates, just 23% of young people can meet the military’s fitness, educational and moral requirements — with many disqualified for reasons ranging from medical issues to criminal records and tattoos.”

Low recruiting also means the services will reach out and extend the service of “the National Guard and Reserve to help meet mission requirements.”
But in reality, more young people, especially of color, are waking up to the fact that they would rather not fight for a country that does not have their best interest at heart and because racism is infiltrating the armed forces more each year. Women also, face sexual assault far too often and nothing gets done. In addition, people are becoming more anti-war than in the past.

“At the same time, the patriotism that fueled the rush to military service in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks has dimmed. Some may look around and see no more wars and terrorists to fight so they look elsewhere. And others see lucrative hiring campaigns by private industry and know the salaries will be better than military pay, and they will be less likely to end up wounded or killed in those jobs.”

This is not the time for anyone to join the military seeing the government it serves does not care much about the living standards of its people. The government spends more on the military budget per year than any program in the country. More than fifty percent of the taxes of the working poor go toward military spending.