Amidst plummeting recruitment, the Pentagon no longer requires a high school diploma, or GED equivalent, to enlist in the Army before October 1 of this year.
Recruits still must be 18 years old and score a minimum of a 50 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
To begin with, a large portion of the population is not even able to serve because they don’t meet physical requirements — only 29% of eligible citizens can enlist without some form of waiver. The military is not the only option for these people and there is stiff competition for their services.
Corporate America is currently starved for new talent. The need for labor is at a premium in the marketplace and wages are high. The pandemic had the unexpected effect of many people leaving their jobs and not returning. The so-called “Great Resignation” has resulted in higher wages for most workers. Unable to compete financially, the military must rely more on soft power reasons to attract candidates such as patriotism and ‘peak male’ culture.
Critical race theory (CRT), which places victimhood above love of country, is also permeating the armed forces as well. Instead of breaking down the individual identities of each soldier and building them back up into a cohesive unit, CRT does the opposite. Military cohesion and retention of recruits suffer when the individual becomes paramount.
These are some of the factors that are behind the move by the Army, as well as the other branches, to lower physical and educational standards. Instead of addressing the problem, Biden’s Pentagon chooses policies that will give us a weaker military.