AUSA-CSIS Event Focuses on Relevance of Land Power

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Secretary of the Army Wormuth and Gen. Randy George speak at CSIS - AUSA event
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AUSA-CSIS Event Focuses on Relevance of Land Power

Land is the domain where battles are decided, and as the world’s premier land power, the U.S. Army will remain a relevant force in any future conflict, the service’s senior leaders said.

At the inaugural event in the Strategic Landpower Dialogue series hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George enumerated the ways in which the Army will remain a winning land power.

App Seeks to Streamline Recruiting Process

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App Seeks to Streamline Recruiting Process

In its ongoing effort to boost recruiting, the Army has launched a new digital engagement tool aimed at streamlining the recruitment process for recruiters and future soldiers.

CSM Sims on ‘Kids These Days’

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CSM Sims speaks at AUSA Warfighter
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CSM Sims on ‘Kids These Days’

Army Forces Command’s top NCO gave an address about what’s different about “kids these days” that wasn’t what you’d expect of someone celebrating his 53rd birthday.

The keynote speaker on the second day of the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Warfighter Summit and Exposition in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims said it is important to understand what makes today’s younger soldiers “tick” so leaders can be prepared to lead them and get the most from their service.

Wormuth Predicts Better Recruiting

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Secretary of the Army Wormuth speaks with recruits
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Wormuth Predicts Better Recruiting

The Army expects to miss its recruiting goal for the second year in a row, but Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said the service is making headway in its struggle to attract talented young people into the force.

For fiscal 2023, which ends Sept. 30, the Army set what Wormuth describes as a “stretch goal” of recruiting 65,000 new soldiers. “We’re not going to make that goal,” she said July 20 during the Aspen Institute’s annual Aspen Security Forum. “But the good news is we are going to recruit more young Americans into the Army than we did last year.”

McConville Confident in Army’s Recruiting Efforts

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Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville meets with soldiers deployed to Poland.
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McConville Confident in Army’s Recruiting Efforts

As he prepares to complete his tenure as Army chief of staff, Gen. James McConville is worried about the tough recruiting environment but optimistic that the service is doing the right things to get the best people.

“I’ll be straight up, recruiting is challenging right now,” McConville said July 18 during an Association of the U.S. Army Noon Report webinar where he discussed a variety of topics with retired Gen. Bob Brown, AUSA president and CEO.

CSA Nominee Cites Recruiting as Top Challenge

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CSA Nominee Cites Recruiting as Top Challenge

Recruiting is the top challenge facing the Army as it works to grow the force and transform for a complex future battlefield, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George told lawmakers considering his nomination to lead the Army.

“I think it’s the No. 1 challenge that we face and the one thing we have to be focused on,” George said July 12 before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Every leader in the Army is completely focused on this.”

Army National Guard Makes Recruiting Gains

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Recruits
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Army National Guard Makes Recruiting Gains

Amid a tough recruiting environment, the Army National Guard is pleased with its recruiting and retention efforts across the country, leaders from the component said.

“This has been a good year for us so far in the recruiting environment. We’re up 11% in enlistments since the last fiscal year,” said Col. Josh Barrow, commander of the Washington Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Command. “We’re still in an uphill battle here, in terms of winning the war on talent, but I’m excited for the future and … where we’re headed.”

Army Reclaims Some Recruiting Momentum

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New soldiers take the oath of enlistment.
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Army Reclaims Some Recruiting Momentum

The Army will fall short of its recruiting goal again this year, but leaders are encouraged by the success of several new recruiting initiatives and improvements made within the recruiting force.

While a flurry of programs and incentives have built some positive momentum in the all-out effort to boost recruiting, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said that the recruiting challenge continues to be “the only real significant dark cloud on the Army’s horizon.”