Army will not meet its 2018 recruitment goal
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Apr 20, 2018
Six months into the recruiting year, the U.S. Army is struggling to meet its recruiting goal, and is lowering that number goal as a result, the Association Press reports.
According to the article, the original plan was to recruit 80,000 active duty soldiers, but the service has only brought in 28,000 new soldiers thus far so the new goal is 76,500.
The struggle to meet this year’s recruiting numbers is in part due to a stronger economy, increased competition from the private sector that offers higher pay, and the strict physical requirements that many young people cannot meet, the report notes, adding that even with the lower number of new recruits, retaining service members has been more successful than in previous years.