lewrockwell.com / By Laurence M. Vance / November 29, 2016
The U.S. military is in trouble.
Even after lowering enlistment standards, relaxing physical requirements for women, allowing homosexuals to serve openly, raising the age limit to join, expanding maternity and paternity leave, increasing childcare hours on base, updating the military promotion system, permitting women to be in combat positions, and opening up the military to transgender individuals, the military is having a recruitment problem.
Speaking recently at the City College of New York, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter lamented that military recruiting is shrinking and “more and more military personnel are coming from fewer and fewer states.”
Turns out that 40 percent of new recruits are coming from just six states, people from rural areas are twice as likely to serve as those from urban areas, most officers come from northern states while most enlisted men come from southern states, and less than 1 percent of Americans have served in the military.
“We would be missing an opportunity if we kept fishing only in the same geographic ponds we always have,” said Carter. “Instead, we need to seize that opportunity by fishing in more ponds, new ponds and ponds we haven’t been to in a long time.”