The U.S. Military is facing an “unprecedented” recruiting crisis under Democrat President Joe Biden that is forcing it to drastically cut forecasts for the number of new recruits that it expects to bring into the armed services.
The news comes as war has broken out in Europe between Russia and Ukraine, and China is increasingly acting hostile toward Taiwan. Both situations risk spiraling out of control and could end up with the United States being dragged into war.
The Associated Press reported that U.S. Army officials said this week that they will be 10,000 recruits short this year, and next year is projected to be even worse. The report said that Army Gen. Joseph Martin, vice chief of staff for the Army, indicated that the military branch could be down to 445,000 soldiers by the end of next year, down from what it was hoping would be 476,000 soldiers by the end of this year.
The report said that with the majority of the current fiscal year already gone, the Army has only met 50% of its recruitment goals.
Dr. Mark T. Esper, Secretary of Defense during the Trump administration, said that this was “a major issue affecting all the armed services.”
“The answer is NOT lower standards; quality must be paramount,” he wrote on Twitter. “Rather, we need a sustained effort by America’s leaders to inspire our youth to serve. … This is a growing national security issue!”
Martin tried to suggest that “competition with private companies” was a significant factor with the military’s recruiting struggles and said that if the trend is not reversed, the military would have to reconfigure things to be able to meet the challenges that it faces on the battlefield.
Top political commentators responded to the report by suggesting that the wokeness that has spread in the armed services under Biden has played a major factor in people not wanting to join.
“Maybe it’s better having a country that inspires patriots to defend it, rather than one that makes them want to throw up,” national security expert Dave Reaboi tweeted.
Political strategist Arthur Schwartz responded to the report by writing: “More pronouns, less recruits.”
The U.S. military has increasingly pushed LGBTQ ideas since Biden took office. Days before being sworn into office, Biden tapped transgender four-star Admiral Rachel Levine to be the Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary for health. Levine became the first transgender federal official confirmed by the Senate.
In May 2021, the Army targeted recruits with an LGBTQ animated ad that shows a child of two mothers grow up “defending freedom” by marching in Pride parades before joining the U.S. Army to “shatter stereotypes.”