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U.S. Military Faces 2024 with Smallest Size and Lowest Qualification Levels in 80 Years

by Chelsea Betonie

At Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Staff Sgt. Robert George is tasked with the responsibility of training new recruits for military service.

As a military instructor, he marches his recruits following the issuance of uniforms and gear during basic training.

However, reports emerging from the Pentagon suggest that the United States military is entering the year 2024 with its smallest size and lowest qualification levels in nearly eight decades.

This development raises significant concerns about national security and military readiness in an era of evolving global threats. According to Daily Mail, the total number of active-duty personnel has dropped to levels not seen since the early 1940s, a period before the U.S. entered World War II.

The emerging challenges in military recruitment are becoming increasingly evident, as seen in this year’s significant shortfall of 41,000 personnel which highlights a widening disconnect between the military establishment and younger generations.

Ashish Vazirani, acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness at the Pentagon acknowledges this tough recruitment climate which has compelled armed services to lower their target numbers for active personnel in recent times.

Recruiting has been hampered by COVID-19 vaccine mandates as well as an increasingly woke military atmosphere where trans soldiers are given special privileges while Christian soldiers are persecuted, bases host drag shows, and leaders with anti-white statements are hired into leadership roles.

Rep Matt Gaetz notes that under former President Donald Trump’s 2020-2021 recruitment policies; the military was on point in meeting its staffing and recruitment goals however under Biden’s regime tables have turned resulting in all branches missing their recruiting targets. This was due to misplacement of priorities compounded by a declining pool of qualified applicants who meet physical educational or moral standards required for service according to four retired generals majority aged 17-24 Americans are not eligible for service .

The Intelligencer reported:

According to the report, the reasons for military ineligibility are varied and relate to:

  • Physical health factors, including obesity. In Illinois, nearly one-third of young adults are too overweight to qualify for the armed forces. Yet such problems actually begin much earlier in life; the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-olds in the state is 13%.
  • Academic factors. Military service requires a high school diploma or GED. However, nearly one in eight Illinois students fails to graduate within four years, a figure that increases to one in five among low-income students. Statewide, about seven out of 10 incoming kindergartners are unprepared for school success, according to the report.
  • Social and behavioral factors, such as substance abuse and criminal records. Nearly 9% of Illinoisans aged 12 to 17 report using drugs in the past month. Illinoisans 18 to 24 years of age comprise 15% of the adult population, but 33% of adult arrests.

In response to these challenges, the Pentagon is reportedly considering several measures to increase recruitment. These include revising recruitment standards, enhancing incentives for enlistment, and investing in more targeted advertising campaigns. Additionally, there is a push to increase funding for programs that improve educational and physical fitness levels among potential recruits.

Last month, the United States Army removed the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for new recruits and lowered almost every single physical qualification required for entry into initial training.

Furthermore, the US Army has dropped its requirement that recruits must have a high school diploma or GED degree in an effort to attract new personnel into their ranks.

Finally, military recruitment ads now feature white people once again as they seek out individuals who are interested in serving their country.

The Pentagon has issued a “National Call of Service” to America’s younger generations, urging them to consider military service amid declining enlistment.

Daily Mail reported:

Military recruiters say Generation Z – those born between 1997 and 2012 generally have a ‘low trust in institutions’ and have ‘decreasingly followed traditional life and career paths.’

“While the picture of the current recruiting environment is acutely difficult, the Defense Department and the military services are working together to resolve issues, improve processes, and expand awareness of the many opportunities military service offers.

“We must reach today’s youth where they are with a message that resonates with them and motivates them to act.”

He said there should be a ‘national call to service’ by leaders and polticians.

‘Over the last 50 years the all-volunteer force has proven itself to be the best way to maintain a force capable of defending our nation,’ he said.

‘And with our combined efforts I am confident we will remain as such for the foreseeable future.”

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CHARLES SMITH December 19, 2023 - 6:24 am

Incompetence can never be better than what has been proven to be right, good, and reasonable, the opposites of wokeism. Common sense has become less common in recent years due to incompetence and lack of accountability, the opposite of what this administration has brought upon us.

Weapons Training Recommended December 19, 2023 - 6:59 am

They’re letting in terrorists and soldiers of our enemies with their future illegal Dem voters.
They don’t want a useful military ruining their Globalist agenda.
UN out of America! America out of the UN!

Namer December 19, 2023 - 10:32 am

Every time Wokism is force on people it fails. Military enlistment efforts have stressed they want only Transgenders and non whites so it doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out why no one wants to enlist.

Deke Rivers December 19, 2023 - 11:53 am

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R.V.WINKEL December 19, 2023 - 4:20 pm

Is It Possible The Covid Charade Has Exposed The Corruption In Every Government Controlled Establishment and The Sheeple are Better Informed?-With Scum Like The 3 Letter Agencies/Government Pawns/Medical Tyrants/And ALL The Staged Events-Post Military Industrial Corrosion Not To Mention The REAL Ex-War Criminals!-Maybe Its Time For The Roaches To Get With The Program and Part With Some Of That Mythological Gold/Paper Mine/$$$-Morons Might Attract Younger Morons If The “Price is Right”!-WinkWink!

george December 19, 2023 - 8:48 pm

bring back the draft.

Chuckles47 January 14, 2024 - 7:35 pm

NOT in this lifetime.

The LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR of years gone by are now sub zero level,

Lyudmila December 19, 2023 - 10:05 pm

Democrats are destroying absolutely everything they can get their hands on: the army, schools, universities, businesses, borders, cities. These destroyers must be removed from power, otherwise we will lose America. They will turn it into Cuba.

Patriot_USA December 19, 2023 - 11:08 pm

The damage is done! TOO little to late! The left has destroyed our country! Every aspect of our country from education, economy, migration, loyalty , morality, politics, foreign affairs etc. Chances of bringing our country back to it’s former glory? Probability factor at present = 5%
Only conceivable way to save the country now based on all facts of historians, annalist etc. >>>Civil war II<<< destroy the left before they totally destroy us<<<

William G Martin December 21, 2023 - 2:19 pm

I ahve to agree, the damage is done…..In order fr the other half of this country to survive, we must divorce us from the Communist Leftists….by what ever means it takes!

Kenneth Serfass December 20, 2023 - 9:53 am

NO, do NOT bring back the draft. The Marine Corps especially would suffer for it. We have a shit ton of pride in keeping our honor clean, and forcing folks into the corps does not produce patriots who WANT to be Marines.
Raise the standards back to what they were for a quality recruit.
They can stop calling we Marines “crayon eaters” too BTW, given the Army is accepting non-grads now.

William G Martin December 21, 2023 - 2:14 pm

As a USMC Vet and former recruiter, I could see this coming at the end of the Vietnam War. The American people were disconnected from the US Military, when the draft ended. They became the POTUS personal police force, and civilians were left out of the decision making process of how and where and when they should be used. Nobody saw this coming?????? WOKE and BROKE Military turned their back on the main pool of Military candidates and went with foreign nationals, dropouts and deadbeats and now like the many dwindling PDs around the country, you have no military and nobody on the immediate horizon, for Bidens WWIII! You will have to bring back the draft, to make the bad situation even worse!!!!!!

Robert Skilnik December 30, 2023 - 1:15 pm

Let Vets be part of a paramilitary group of formerly trained techs, analysts, linguists, etc., to work in strategic positions while freeing up recruits for combat positions.

Chuckles47 January 14, 2024 - 7:31 pm

The solution is simple.


Bob January 21, 2024 - 6:24 pm

when the time comes ALLL of us older vets will be ready and able to defend this country we love and grew up in. We may be older but have the memories and the ability to bring it back despite all obstacles present. We swore an oath with NO end date.

Sedition February 25, 2024 - 4:46 pm

Future LEOs, no doubt.

Rocky February 25, 2024 - 5:17 pm

With all the illegal aliens coming into our country, force them to be the armed services for four years and IF and only IF they serve admirably allow them to begin legal citizen status. While in the service they would serve only with other illegals, not in citizen groups.

CountryBoy February 25, 2024 - 5:44 pm

This garbage started under Obama….. remember how he PURGED the military of the REAL Leaders and then started going after Christians and those that held conservative views….

darkcloud February 25, 2024 - 9:10 pm

Listen to this podcast to hear what a real modern day Marine Officer went through because of refusing the jab. A prime example of how the U.S. military has lost its way.


Trebor Retsbew February 26, 2024 - 1:47 pm

Te fact that military recruitment is low has nothing to do with woke or anything close to woke. Ask any military recruiter like I use to be, and they will tell you when the economy is good persons do not join the military in large numbers, you have to work hard to maintain your quota of recruits, but when the economy is bad you have to turn people away, who want to join the militaries.

Adonis February 27, 2024 - 2:43 pm

Same IQ as defense secretary.


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