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Army Secretary says Recruiting Troubles are ‘Very Serious’ and Fixing Them Could Stretch into 2024


Summarized by the Alliance for Fort Gordon
Published March 3, 2023

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said Thursday that solving the service’s recruiting problem is her top priority, but the struggle to find new troops could last into 2024, or longer.

“The number one priority, in my mind, for this year … is fixing our recruiting problem,” she said during a discussion hosted by the Project for Media and National Security at George Washington University. “The Army missed its recruiting target last year by about 15,000 people. That is a very serious situation for us.”

The Army sought 60,000 new recruits in 2022 but enlisted only 45,000. For 2023, the service is aiming even higher — for 65,000 new members.

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