The Biden era is doing a fine job of wrecking military preparedness at every level.
Army National Guard soldiers are reportedly leaving at a faster rate than they are enlisting.
According to officials, there is a total annual loss of about 7,500 service members.
Maj. Gen. Rich Baldwin, chief of staff of the Army National Guard, told The Associated Press that current staffing challenges are the worst he’s seen in the last 20 years.
Between vaccine mandates and the general infusion of wokeness, recruitment is turning bad across the board.
And it risks causing serious harm.
Staffing challenges are at a 20-year-low and if left unchecked might result in readiness issues within the next year or two, Army National Guard chief of staff Maj. Gen. Rich Baldwin told the AP.
By the numbers: In the last year, the National Guard has lost 7,500 service members.
The service branch numbers came in late last month and they were bad.
The Army fell about 15,000 soldiers — or 25% — short of its recruitment goal this year, officials confirmed Friday, despite a frantic effort to make up the widely expected gap in a year when all the military services struggled in a tight jobs market to find young people willing and fit to enlist.
According to officials, the Marine Corps, which usually goes into each fiscal year with as much as 50% of its recruiting goal already locked in, has only a bit more than 30%. And the Air Force and the Navy will only have about 10% of their goals as they start the new fiscal year. The Air Force usually has about 25%. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details on the recruiting totals that have not yet been released.
The leadership could rethink vaccine mandates and wokeness, instead it’s doubling down on bonuses and considering referrals.
They’ve done it before. It was controversial, and people went to prison, but it worked. And now it might return.
The National Guard Bureau’s top general, Gen. Dan Hokanson, told reporters Sept. 20 that “we could really help make every single Guardsman a recruiter by paying them a bonus for anybody that they bring into the organization that’s able to complete their military training.”
Army Times contacted NGB officials and requested an interview with Hokanson or another official to discuss the details of their proposal, but a spokesperson declined the request, citing schedule conflicts
The wartime program that Hokanson alluded to, the Guard-Recruiting Assistance Program, ran from 2005 to 2012 and offered enlistment referral bonuses of $2,000 to off-duty Guard troops working as civilian independent contractors for a private company, Docupak.
Around 130,000 soldiers joined during that period via G-RAP referrals, and the Guard quickly exceeded its end strength goals.
But the Army’s audit agency said in 2012 that the program could have experienced $92 million in fraud, garnering attention from lawmakers and sparking a massive Army Criminal Investigation Division investigation named Task Force Raptor. The bonuses were abruptly halted.
$92 million in fraud? In the era of PPP, green energy subsidies, and assorted government ‘checks to your home’ programs, that’s nothing. Wokeness is leading us to broke-ness, but the leadership won’t stop.