What if we fielded an Army, and nobody joined?

That’s the 2022 version of the 1966 anti-war slogan, “Suppose they gave a War and Nobody Came,” penned by Charlotte Keys.

Army Enlistment Bonus
Up to $50,000 in bonuses, and we still can’t get recruits? And it’s not just the Army. Let’s have a closer look at this. Image courtesy of the United States Army

Help Wanted

We’ve all seen the “help wanted” signs all over our communities. It’s a sign of the times (literally). According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 11.3 million job openings in the nation. Anyone who really wants to get a job should be able to have one.

A shortage in the fast-food industry is one thing; we may have to wait a few minutes longer for our burgers and fries. A lack of manpower in our armed forces is quite another. It directly impacts our national security and our posture as a global superpower.

Troubled Times

We live in a time of great uncertainty. China is a superpower with enormous military might that has more than a bit too much control over the American supply chain. Russia is at war with Ukraine, and NATO is nervous. Putin seems to be psychologically coming apart at the seams, and he keeps reminding the world that he has a big nuclear button he can push anytime he wants.

This is not a good time to be reporting that it is unlikely the US will meet its modest recruiting goals for any of our armed services. We are about halfway through the fiscal year, and the Army and Navy have both jacked up their recruiting bonuses to a record-high $50,000.

Warning Lights

In a letter verified by Air Force Times, Major General Ed Thomas told Air Force Recruiting Service employees on January 10th, “We have warning lights flashing.”

He also noted in a recent emailed statement: