Army Works to Expand Recruiting Reach, Message

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Army Works to Expand Recruiting Reach, Message

The Army is looking at the “totality” of the nation’s labor market for talented people who can become soldiers and help the service meet its recruiting goals, a senior Army officer said.

In testimony before the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel, Lt. Gen. Douglas Stitt, deputy Army chief of staff for personnel, G-1, said the Army’s overhaul of who it recruits, how it recruits and who is doing the recruiting is part of a “significant” transformation of the service’s recruiting enterprise.

Wormuth: Army on Track to Meet Recruiting Goals

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Wormuth: Army on Track to Meet Recruiting Goals

With about six months to go, the Army is on pace to meet its recruiting goals for the fiscal year, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.

“While I don’t want to be overconfident because we have six more months in the fiscal year, if we continue to perform as we have, there’s an excellent chance we’ll meet our recruiting goal this year of 55,000 soldiers and 5,000 in the delayed entry program,” Wormuth told the House Armed Services Committee.

Wormuth: Recruiting Shortfalls Straining Units

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Wormuth: Recruiting Shortfalls Straining Units

Recruiting challenges are creating unit manning shortages, but Army leaders are optimistic that initiatives to boost enlistments will soon pay off.

With a goal to recruit 55,000 new soldiers and enlist 5,000 more into the delayed entry pool by the end of fiscal year 2024, Army leaders aim to begin relieving the strain on operational units.

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth acknowledged that many soldiers she’s spoken with “have very full plates and are doing the work of one-and-a-half to two soldiers.”

SMA Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

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SMA Michael Weimer speaks at AUSA Annual Meeting
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SMA Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Weimer will speak Feb. 21 as part of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Coffee Series.

The event will take place at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The event opens at 7 a.m. with registration, coffee and networking. The program is scheduled to begin at 7:45 a.m., which is half an hour later than typical Coffee Series events.

It is free for military members, government employees and the media.

Report Finds Veterans Still Held in High Esteem

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Report Finds Veterans Still Held in High Esteem

Most Americans have a positive view of veterans, even as the services struggle with recruiting and overall public confidence in the military continues to decline, according to a new Rand Corp. report.

“Veterans have long been understood in symbolic terms: as model citizens, selfless heroes, or scarred survivors of war,” the report says. “These symbolic understandings, once institutionalized, can become mental scripts or stereotypes that shape perceptions, interactions, and even government policy.”

Paper: Recruiting Crisis is National Security Threat

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Paper: Recruiting Crisis is National Security Threat

The Army’s recruiting crisis, the most substantial since the creation of the all-volunteer force 50 years ago, is a threat to U.S. national security and will require a “whole-of-nation effort” to be reversed, according to the authors of a new paper published by the Association of the U.S. Army.