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A DEEPLY TROUBLING SIGN OF OUR TIMES – The United States Army is lowering its standards for recruits, eliminating even the need for a high-school diploma.  This comes at a time when weapons are becoming increasingly complex.   And our armed services generally cannot meet their minimum recruiting quotas.  Why?  Could it possibly be that potential recruits are not attracted to critical race theory?  I wonder.  From dailywire: 

The United States Army has dropped its requirement that recruits must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. degree in an apparent attempt to increase the number of troops.

On Thursday, the Army announced the changes. Recruits must be 18 years old and eligible for a job in other areas of active duty and they also must score at least a 50 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) to test their academic ability, according to Military.com.

The military outlet also noted, “The Army and its sister services have scrambled this year, offering increasingly generous benefits and policy tweaks in an effort to improve recruiting numbers. The Army has hit 40% of its recruiting goals this year, with the struggle to fill the ranks seemingly so grim the Defense Department reduced its planned total force size because prior recruiting goals were out of reach.”

Last week, the Army also relaxed its regulations regarding the placement, size, and number of tattoos that recruits may have.

“Social norms, people are getting more tattoos,” Sergeant Major Ashleigh Sykes told reporters Thursday. “It doesn’t stop readiness if someone has a tattoo on the back of their neck.”

According to a memo regarding the rule change, “This directive announces a change in policy for the allowable placement of tattoos for currently serving Soldiers and applicants for enlistment or appointment. Changes to the Army tattoo policy allow individuals who meet all other qualifications for appointment or enlistment the opportunity to serve.”
“They also support the Army’s People Strategy, our number one priority, by offering Soldiers options for appearance that take into account professional appearance and good order and discipline,” the memo added.

On Monday, NBC News reported that every branch of the U.S. military is on schedule to not meet its recruiting goals for the year.

“This recruiting crisis is like a slow-moving wave coming at us,” one senior defense official involved in recruiting and personnel issues told NBC News. “As the military has gotten smaller and the public have gotten less and less familiar with those in uniform, it has grown. And COVID accelerated it.”

COMMENT:  There is a famous Biblical line, from Corinthians:  "“If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”  This naiton's trumpet is giving an uncertain sound.  We have, under Biden, the image of weakness. 

Who will defend us in a catastrophe?  I don't know.  I'm afraid to find out.

June 27, 2022