43.5 F
Saturday, March 25, 2023
HomeIllinois NewsWhat if They Gave a War and Everybody Was Woke?

What if They Gave a War and Everybody Was Woke?




The military’s embrace of faddish politics may make activists happy, but it’s driving away recruits. Jimmy Byrn writes:

Is the U.S. prepared for battle? By one measure, military recruitment, the answer appears to be no. Nearly every branch has struggled to meet its recruitment goals for 2022, with some falling as short as 40%. Worse yet, only about a quarter of America’s youth meet current eligibility standards—and recent surveys show only 9% are even interested.

Military leadership primarily blames this slump on two causes: teen obesity rates and the tight labor market. But data for both claims can’t paint the full picture. Teen obesity did increase during the pandemic, to 22% from 19%. But that jump likely can’t account for the sudden and widespread collapse in recruitment. Neither can the labor market. The unemployment rate today sits at 3.6%—roughly the same as in 2019. Yet in 2019 the Army exceeded its recruiting goals. It’s falling perilously short today and will be understrength by 28,000 troops by the end of 2023. The military’s benefits—including child care, housing allowances, medical coverage and large bonuses, up to $50,000—should also help insulate it from the pitfalls of hiring young recruits in a tight labor market.

What, then, explains the shift? Perhaps one answer lies in the Pentagon’s wholesale embrace of woke politics.

[Jimmy Byrn, "What if They Gave a War and Everybody Was Woke?,” The Wall Street Journal, July 29]


- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories


  1. They need to update height and BMI standards people are much bigger now. I hate saying this but our military has turned into a glorified welfare program. Were in trouble look at the reports from US mercenary volunteers running away in Ukraine telling stories about how bad modern warfare battles like nothing they ever faced before in Iraq or Afghanistan Russia modern adversary.