Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen headlines talking about the plummeting rates of our military recruitment. Even The Nation called it a crisis as America’s active duty and reserve personnel numbers continued to thin out. So, with all these, should we start thinking about hiring foreigners to fight for our freedom?

According to Arshan Barzani, an officer in the Army Reserve and student at Yale Law School, it is possible to explore this option. However, the current status of army recruitment has been at its worst since 1973. Multiple factors can be attributed to this decline, including more promising opportunities in the private sector. Moreover, aside from the higher pay, work-life balance, and of course, lesser risk of being called into battle, there are also other reasons why Americans can’t join the military, including criminal records, poor health, and drug use.

According to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, this is becoming an extremely serious matter. As a result, the DoD is reportedly meeting with officials and other world leaders to discuss possible solutions to the issue.

“This is the start of a long drought for military recruiting,” said Ret. Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr of the Heritage Foundation, a think tank.