The United States Army announced On Tuesday, the company announced it was making “sweeping changes.” Recruitment company after struggling to meet its final strength goal of 452,000 active-duty troops.
A recent press conference at the Pentagon revealed that the Army plans to implement several key recruiting reforms to attract more annual contracts. The recruiting recommendations resulted from a “detailed study of Army recruiting over the past 25 years.”
The industry’s strategy includes “expanding its focus to a larger portion of the youth labor market and creating a specialized talent acquisition workforce to foster experimentation and learning skills.”
The Army will also test various recruiting platforms and name two new positions for the workforce, including a talent acquisition specialist and a warrant officer. Additionally, the Army’s recruiting enterprise will be “consolidated and realigned as a planned three-star command.”
Army Chief of Staff Randy George said the Army must “empower our leaders.”
“Recruiting is one of the most important missions in the Army, and these changes reflect that importance,” George said.
Most other U.S. military branches, including the Army, are struggling to meet their end-strength goals amid an ongoing recruiting crisis. The Army only met its goal of 452,000 active-duty troops by exiting its deferred entry program, it said.
The Army’s Delayed Entry Program consists of a pool of recruits, typically in high school, who have agreed to join the military and emigrate at a later date.
According to the Military timesThe Army currently has the smallest full-time force since 1940.
“Competition for talented Americans is fierce and fundamentally different than it was 50 or even 20 years ago,” said Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth. “Understanding this reality is key to developing new practices that make us a more attractive and compelling career choice for young Americans.”
The Army plans to change the way it looks for recruits by expanding beyond graduates. By 2028, a third of new soldiers should have a university degree.
“While today’s high school graduates make up more than 50 percent of our annual contracts, they only represent 15 to 20 percent of the larger prospect pool from which we were able to recruit,” Wormuth explained. “That means that in addition to the high school market, we also need to attract and hire Americans for the college market or those already in the job market.”
Wormuth and George noted that while the Army is struggling to meet its end strength goals, it has exceeded its sustainment goals.
“This means that the people who are in the army generally love their job. And that’s a message we want to convey to all young Americans – that the U.S. Army is truly a place where you can be anything you can be,” they said.
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