New Incentives for Soldiers Who Help With Recruiting

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New Incentives for Soldiers Who Help With Recruiting

In its latest effort to boost recruiting, the Army is offering promotion incentives to soldiers who lead young people to join the service.  

The Soldier Referral Program encourages all soldiers to support the Army as it faces a challenging recruiting environment and gives those already serving a chance to share their stories, according to an Army news release

People Remain Top National Guard Priority

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People Remain Top National Guard Priority

From expanding benefits to modernizing its combat forces, the National Guard continues to prioritize its people after a challenging year, the component’s top general said. 

“What does the future look like for our National Guard? What are our priorities going forward? They’re … people, readiness, modernization and reform,” said Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Army Welcomes New Top Personnel Official

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Army Welcomes New Top Personnel Official

Agnes Schaefer, a researcher specializing in military personnel policy and national security strategy, is the new assistant Army secretary for manpower and reserve affairs.

Schaefer, who most recently was associate director of the Rand Corp.’s International Security and Defense Policy Center, was confirmed Dec. 21 by the Senate with a 68–26 vote. She was sworn in Dec. 23.

Army Tackles Recruiting Crisis Head On

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Army Tackles Recruiting Crisis Head On

Army recruiters are back “full blast” in high schools across the country, but meeting the service’s end strength goals this year will be a challenge, the officer in charge of recruiting said. 

Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis, who took command of Army Recruiting Command on Oct. 5, said that access to high school students varies but is ramping up following more than two years of mostly virtual recruiting because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Army Pushes to Meet ‘Very Ambitious’ Recruiting Goals

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Army Pushes to Meet ‘Very Ambitious’ Recruiting Goals

To meet its goal of recruiting 65,000 new soldiers in the coming year, the Army needs to “push” itself to reach those who want to serve as well as those who don’t, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.

After missing last year’s recruiting target by 15,000 people, the Army faces another tough recruiting year saddled with challenges such as obesity, poor test scores and behavioral issues that leave only 23% of young people eligible to serve.

Junior ROTC Warrants Careful Attention

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Junior ROTC Warrants Careful Attention

Junior ROTC programs in high schools across the U.S. are critical elements of Army recruiting that need careful attention, the Army’s acting manpower chief told Congress.

Service Secretaries Pitch Joining Today’s Military

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Service Secretaries Pitch Joining Today’s Military

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and the secretaries of the Navy and Air Force have written a joint pitch to encourage young people to join the military.

The Oct. 24 commentary published in The Wall Street Journal comes as all the services—but particularly the Army—are having problems meeting their recruiting goals. The Navy and Air Force made their fiscal year 2022 active duty enlisted recruiting targets, but the Army fell short by about 25%.

Rand Says Recruiter Diversity Required

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Rand Says Recruiter Diversity Required

A recent Rand Corp. report on diversity in the military focuses heavily on filling the ranks.

The report, “Leveraging Diversity for Military Effectiveness: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in the UK and US Armed Forces,” explores manning the future force, something today’s Army is finding difficult because fewer service-aged people meet Army standards, and even fewer of those who meet the basic requirements for intelligence, health and a clean criminal record express any interest in military service.