The United States military plays a crucial role in safeguarding the nation’s security and defending its interests worldwide. However, recent trends indicate a concerning crisis within the military, with all branches struggling to meet recruitment goals and experiencing declining retention rates. This essay aims to explore the factors contributing to this crisis, including the perceived focus of senior military leadership on politics and personal gain, a departure from military values and ethics, the impact of woke political policies, the inability to achieve decisive victories in recent conflicts, and a loss of confidence among parents in recommending military service to their children.

The Failure of the Congress: Undermining Military Preparedness and Recruitment

The failure of the US Congress to fulfill its responsibilities in ensuring the preparedness and effectiveness of the US military has contributed significantly to the current low retention and recruitment rates. The constant partisan gridlock, insufficient funding, neglect of force structure requirements, and inadequate support for veterans have all played a role in undermining the military’s ability to fight and win.

Congress must recognize and rectify its shortcomings to address these issues effectively. Bipartisan cooperation and a commitment to the nation’s security should precede political agendas. Congress must prioritize allocating sufficient resources, provide a clear vision for the military’s future, and support the well-being of service members and veterans.

Additionally, the American public must also hold Congress accountable for its failures in fulfilling its obligations to the military. By demanding transparency, accountability, and bipartisan collaboration, citizens can be crucial in ensuring that Congress upholds its responsibilities and supports a strong and prepared military.

Ultimately, the US military’s ability to fight and win depends not solely on its capabilities but also on the support and leadership provided by Congress. Only through a concerted effort to address these issues can the US military regain its readiness, attract and retain qualified personnel, and uphold its position as a global force for peace and security.

graphic showing lack of trust in the us military

Social Politicization of the Military by Senior Military Leadership

The military is a political organization. However, the military cannot and should be used to promote the social-political agendas of political parties. This happened beginning with the Clinton Administration and solidified with the Biden Administration. One key factor contributing to the crisis in the US military lies in the prioritization of social politics that is tied to the advancement of senior military leadership. The pursuit of social and political agendas and a focus on securing promotions have overshadowed the core responsibilities of military leadership.

General George C. Marshall understood the politics of the military and how that applied to the political agendas of political leaders and parties. He did not allow social politics to invade the military because he knew the damage this would cause to the military and the senior leader’s ability to serve the nation. The senior military leadership’s abandonment of General Marshall’s successful process of selecting senior officers is the leading cause of the failure of the senior leadership today. The visible social politicization of senior leaders by our service members and recruits has negatively affected recruitment and retention.